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Old 08-05-2009, 12:59 AM   #1
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Is 80-82 degrees too warm?

Hi all,

We bought our first aquarium (55 gal) and it's been cycling for two days. The tank has no heater and the temperature is between 80 and 82 degrees F.

Everything I've read thus far indicates that an ideal tank temperature would be in mid to upper 70s. Are there any fresh water fish that can sustain these temperatures ?

Don't plan to add fish for a few weeks.

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Old 08-05-2009, 01:11 AM   #2
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I run my tank in that range. Click my tanks on the side to see what I have in my tanks.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:27 AM   #3
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The range for most tropicals is 78-82. Welcome to AA!!
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thats fine for now. it just depends on what fish you are adding. some fish dont do as well in the higher temps.
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Welcome to AA! I keep my tanks as well in that range. I keep angelfish. There are a number of fish that you could keep in that range. Since you live in hot Texas you might want to consider keeping some warm water fish, that way you won't have to worry about stressing cool water fish.
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Hi all and thanks for the replies.

The thermometer reporting 80-82 degrees is the tape kind that sticks to the outside of the tank. It came with the new aquarium. The 'color display' was showing more than one color -- basically indicating conflicting temperatures.

Today I purchased a digital aquarium thermometer and am getting a consistent, reliable reading of 77.5 degrees.

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If I'm not mistaken, at least in the cycling phase, low 80s is good for bacteria growth.
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Old 08-06-2009, 05:56 AM   #8
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Those strip thermometers are notoriously inaccurate. Is your tank near a window?
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I live in an older home that doens't have central air, so, I have to use window units. During the summer, and due to the location of my windows, I have a pedestal fan that sits in front of the AC unit to better circulate the cooler air. I can get a steady temp around 76 - 78 depending on how hot it is outside. I also prefer the digital thermometers to the stick on tape; as you have seen, I think they are more accurate.

Fortunately, I am addicted to Swordtails who like my temps
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I run my tanks at 85 or so for around 5 days or so, only when i have had an ick breakout, this made the fish a bit active, but the ick Exploded and now can can drop the temp, as i have read somewhere that high temps are not good for too long and some fish dont like too hot temps
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