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Old 06-03-2011, 09:33 AM   #1
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Hey guys I have been having a little trouble lately since summer has arrived and I believe my tank is a little on the small side to invest in a chiller the heater during the day stays a steady 78 but I woke Up dis morning and it looked like the temp dropped to like 76 do you think this is going to harm my fish if this is the way it goes all summer I raised the temp on the heater one notch so hopefully it'll turn on during the night cause it hasnt been lately for w.e reason I don't think its broken.cause when I turned the dial it did turn on what do you guys think
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:34 AM   #2
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It's a 45 gallon tank BTW
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:08 AM   #3
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I think a 2 degree swing isn't much to worry about.
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alright what would you say in your opinion is the lowest the temp can go while it will still be ok for the fish, and visa versa for the highest im really trying to get it stable i have to keep messing with the heater because its new, unfortuanttly im not home today and no one is to check on the tank for me so i hope that one notch doesnt end up cooking the tank while im gone i dont think it should
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alright what would you say in your opinion is the lowest the temp can go while it will still be ok for the fish, and visa versa for the highest im really trying to get it stable i have to keep messing with the heater because its new, unfortuanttly im not home today and no one is to check on the tank for me so i hope that one notch doesnt end up cooking the tank while im gone i dont think it should
That's the hardest part about new heaters. I try to set it so mid day mytank is at 78 then let the fluctuations take control I've seen my tank in morning go as low as 74 on cold days and evenin on hot days go upto 82 before u plug in fan... just remember if it colder put lid on when its hotter take lids off
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I too would not worry about 2 degree change.
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You're fine. My reef tank swung between 78 and 80. Your high of 78 won't come close to cooking anything.
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2 degree degree change is 100% fine. If you're too worried get a bigger heater, but a temperature drop is better than a temp rise anyways, less stressful.
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