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Old 10-06-2012, 03:10 PM   #11
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You have more equipment though I would think than you did in your FW tank. All that equipment puts off heat. I keep my room temp usually around 75, and my heaters rarely kick on. My tank stays 79-80.
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Try a small clip on fan and see if that brings the heat down.
Good call, if you don't see a temp drop after having the heaters off for a few hours, you might need to do this.
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Either way, you are still cycling. Just sit back and watch as the bordom overcomes you. This is the hardest part of owning an aquarium. Monitor the temp, along with your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate, but it won't be that big of a deal until you are ready to add livestock.
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thanks guys, i feel like i realy dont need a heater than, i thought it was a staple item for all tanks

i dont think ill need it until it gets really cold in winter, my temps drop to about 76 than, but for now ill just leave my heater off, temp is still 81
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You probably do need a heater. The key here is steady temps, and avoiding swings. Once the lights go out and if the room temp goes down a bit at night (as most places do) then the heaters kick on and keep the tank stable. I would check it by leaving it off and see what the temp drops to, but you want and need to have a heater on the tank.
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so my heaters out and today i touched my water and to my surprise it felt way warmer than 78 which it says it was

well it felt warm, but once my whole arm was in there it felt a bit cooler, but whatever ill leave it

i did my first api test since its been about 4 days
ammonia is 0-.25
nirtrite 0-.25
ph 8.2 not i think
nitrate this one is really hard, i honestly cant tell if its 0 or 5 or 10 but it looks closer to 5 than anything, unless 0 really looks EXACTLY like it does in the picture, which is kind of like a fake yellow if you ask me

ill monitor again at the end of the week, and if all is good might buy my first fish
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