Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-11-2006, 09:07 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Posts: 801
Send a message via AIM to FishFrik
The "perfect" Temperature

I have been trying to find the ideal temperature for a SW tank but from dif. sources, i get dif. suggestion of a "perfect" temperature.

From a LFS, the owner told me temp. should be 77F
From another LFS, the worker told me temp. should be 79F
From a book, the temp should be 74 - 76 and 80+ is not suitable for a SW tank.
From a few ppls on this and other forums, the temp. can be 82 so maintaining it can be easier.

So, what is the "perfect" temp?
__________________

__________________
I'm one of those fishnutz, who are actually nutz.
FishFrik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2006, 09:44 AM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 7,224
Send a message via Yahoo to Hara
There is no "perfect" temp...perfect is what you can maintain in a reasonable manner. Studies being done show the oceans are warming continually.
__________________

__________________
Hara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2006, 10:35 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
Devilishturtles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Posts: 8,543
Send a message via Yahoo to Devilishturtles
I agree with Hara. I keep my tank heater set at 80F. It flucuates between 79 and 81, and I've had no problems.
__________________
-Lindsay

Live in the Western MD/West Virginia/DC Metro Area?
Join our very active regional forum Here

Like the advice someone just gave you? Add to their reputation! Click on the balance icon underneath their username and let them know.
Devilishturtles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2006, 01:14 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: vancouver island
Posts: 526
mine fluctuates almost the same as devilishturtles.
__________________
ryguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2006, 02:58 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Posts: 801
Send a message via AIM to FishFrik
I just wanted to know how to set my heater. So what's the advantage of keeping the temp around 80 instead of say 77
__________________
I'm one of those fishnutz, who are actually nutz.
FishFrik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2006, 05:02 PM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
Devilishturtles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Posts: 8,543
Send a message via Yahoo to Devilishturtles
Hmm...none?

None that I know of.
__________________
-Lindsay

Live in the Western MD/West Virginia/DC Metro Area?
Join our very active regional forum Here

Like the advice someone just gave you? Add to their reputation! Click on the balance icon underneath their username and let them know.
Devilishturtles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2006, 05:41 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 7,224
Send a message via Yahoo to Hara
The advantage is this, IF your tank hovers around 80 degrees with the lights on....then by setting your heater at 80, you will not have a variance in temperature when the lights go off.
Whereas, if you set your thermometer at 77, the temp will be allowed to drop to 76 before the heater turns on, therefore allowing a 4 degree temp difference. That is why I said pick a temp that is reasonable to maintain instead of fighting it.
__________________
Hara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2006, 07:18 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Posts: 801
Send a message via AIM to FishFrik
I see. Alright, thanks
__________________
I'm one of those fishnutz, who are actually nutz.
FishFrik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2006, 09:09 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: King of Prussia, PA
Posts: 531
Send a message via AIM to jasno999 Send a message via MSN to jasno999
As long as yoru coalr is happy the temperature is ok.
__________________
jasno999 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2006, 10:45 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Posts: 801
Send a message via AIM to FishFrik
Wow, temp almost killed my BTA yesterday... All this time trying to find the "perfect" temp... UGH

Yesterday, it was 98 outside and my A/C was somehow set to 90. My tank was around 83, but i didn't even notice. I went out and bought 5G of SW to peform a WC (battling cyano), and it sat in the car for like 1.5 hours cuz i had to go somewhere else. So the 5G got really hot, but i didn't notice either. When i finished WC, my tank's temp was 86 and my BTA started to "melt" down. All other livestocks show no sign of illness. I didn't know what was happening. I thought the BTA was just doing its thing. About an hour later, i look at the temp and freaked out. I added ice, turned off everything except for 1 pump...

I tried to find the perfect temp while temp almost crashed my tank XD
__________________
I'm one of those fishnutz, who are actually nutz.
FishFrik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2006, 10:28 PM   #11
SW REEF 20+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,699
I keep mine around 76 but as Mrs Hara said find what is reasonable and maintain it. Sounds like good advice
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2006, 10:35 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 114
Here's yet another opinion to complicate matters. Eric Borneman's book says the average temperature of reefs around the world is 82 and that's what you should try to keep your reef at. The higher temperature increases the metabolism of animals from what I have understood. Of course, where your inhabitants come from is also an important matter.

Regardless, I think stability is probably the most important factor.
__________________
72gal bowfront, 5gal sump, 45lbs LR, 260watt PC (2-65watt actinics, 2-65watt 10,000k), AquaC Urchin Pro skimmer, 2 Maxi-jet 1200 ph's.
ctmedman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2006, 10:40 PM   #13
SW REEF 20+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,699
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctmedman
Regardless, I think stability is probably the most important factor.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2006, 09:44 AM   #14
AA Team Emeritus
 
roka64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,858
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
Think of the ocean. It generally has a range of temps, in direct sunlight, morining, noon, night, rain, clouds, winds and such. If you keep them within a certain acceptable range (you don't want to cook them or get them too cold), they should be fine. If you have a larger tank, the change in temp will be less gradual.
__________________
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Articles
Acronym List

--Scott
roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2006, 07:45 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
revhtree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Rossville. Ga
Posts: 4,500
Mine stays between 78-81 from night to miday. I think that most livestock after acclimated to one temp range will be fine even though that temp range may be alot different from others. I have plenty of sps, lps, etc.. that are growing great at this temp, and it is alot easier to maintain especially without a chiller.
__________________
Remember to Keep Christ First!
revhtree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2006, 10:10 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Posts: 801
Send a message via AIM to FishFrik
OK, i tried setting my heater higher (82) for easier maintaining and it seems like it's kicking up the algae growth. I now set my heater at 77. Let see what will happen.
__________________
I'm one of those fishnutz, who are actually nutz.
FishFrik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2006, 02:22 AM   #17
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: NC
Posts: 118
anything from 77 - 82 should be ok, for the most part. I have had shrimp die at the temps higher than 82. I read somewhere that temps higher than 80 are bad for them.

Disolved oxygen in the water is effected by temp. The lower the temp, the more disolved oxygen the water is able to carry. I would guess that not only did the high temp stress your animals, but the drop in oxygen did as well. Temp will also effect other aspects of water chemistry as well.

If you have a deep water reef tank - low light corals, etc I would cheat it lower, to about 77. For high light corals that live real close to the water's surface in the wild, 80 should be ok, but I would avoid much higher than that. Stable temp is more important, a few degrees swing is fine, but you don't want it 83 during the day and 70 at night.
__________________
abnmojo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2006, 11:03 AM   #18
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Posts: 801
Send a message via AIM to FishFrik
Yea, from a book i read, anything above 80 is bad for a reef tank. I dont know how come some people on this forum is keeping their temp at 82. I guess the book is old XD
__________________
I'm one of those fishnutz, who are actually nutz.
FishFrik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2006, 01:47 PM   #19
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 7,224
Send a message via Yahoo to Hara
Quote:
I dont know how come some people on this forum is keeping their temp at 82.
Quite simply, because it works for us. You asked our thoughts, we gave it and now your implication is that we have no clue as to what we are talking about because we dont do it by your books method. When you have some experience, you will understand that there is more than just one "right way" to do things.
__________________
Hara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2006, 01:48 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 11,423
My tank stays at 82 and has for the last 4yrs. This is the temp I am able to maintain during the summer months so that's where I keep it. I've seen no ill effects.
__________________

__________________
~Cindy
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
temperature

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Duckweed" (Lemna Minor) and "Water Spangles" (Salvinia Minima) floating plants jackdaniel Archive 3 09-28-2009 10:16 AM
Is there "phosphate" in "egg crate" grates? glassbird Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 06-03-2009 02:33 AM
The "Perfect" 55g Dwarf Cichlid Tank Sabrehorn Cichlid Discussion 14 01-03-2007 08:58 AM
Peppermint shrimp "Candy", and "Kane" seafan New Acquisitions 1 01-06-2005 02:12 PM
"Frag" - "Barter"/"Trade" for OmarD Archive 1 11-26-2003 11:14 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.