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Old 05-01-2014, 09:26 PM   #1
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High water temp

My 10 gallon tank is constantly at 82 degrees. I want to bring it down to around 78. I've tried turning off the lights and PWC but nothing seems to work. I don't even have the heater on. My hood is full coverage with 2 incandescent 25 watt bulbs. Could it be there is not enough air getting in to cool the water? Or maybe because it's cycling? Any insights are greatly appreciated!

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My 10 gallon tank is constantly at 82 degrees. I want to bring it down to around 78. I've tried turning off the lights and PWC but nothing seems to work. I don't even have the heater on. My hood is full coverage with 2 incandescent 25 watt bulbs. Could it be there is not enough air getting in to cool the water? Or maybe because it's cycling? Any insights are greatly appreciated!
switch to the 6500K CFL T10 bulbs. They are sold at lowes and are fairly cheap. The incandescent bulbs run HOT!

http://www.lowes.com/pd_7741-75774-L...Info=Utilitech
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Thanks, I was thinking of trying some other type of bulb but wasn't sure what kind. I'll pick some up next time I go to the pet shop (probably Saturday).
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Thanks, I was thinking of trying some other type of bulb but wasn't sure what kind. I'll pick some up next time I go to the pet shop (probably Saturday).
With the 6500K CFL bulbs in, you can even grow plants! They are supposed to be 40W a piece,...so you'll be looking at 80W! That is CO2 worthy if that is what you are interested in.
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I was going to add some plants so that's great! Thanks
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I was going to add some plants so that's great! Thanks

You are welcome. You are basically getting 80watts CFL for 14 watts incandescent. Just ensure you get the daylight, 6500k bulbs.
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Agreed on swapping the bulb type. If you're still having heat issues after that then look into a screen or egg crate top, or set up a fan to blow across the top of the tank. Both methods will increase evaporation rate and help cool the tank.
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Thanks. I'll see how the light situation works out first. If not ill try a different top!
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I've switched out my incandescent bulbs for cfl and the water temp has dropped to a comfy 78 degrees! Thanks for the suggestion! Great help!
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I've switched out my incandescent bulbs for cfl and the water temp has dropped to a comfy 78 degrees! Thanks for the suggestion! Great help!
Yeah, I thought so. I have an incandescent hood also on my Betta tank and had heat problems too. I bought the very same bulbs that I recommended to you.

Now for some plants!
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With the 6500K CFL bulbs in, you can even grow plants! They are supposed to be 40W a piece,...so you'll be looking at 80W! That is CO2 worthy if that is what you are interested in.

Be careful OP, more light is not always better..
With high light and no CO2 you can run into MAJOR algae issues. There needs to be a balance of CO2, fertilizers and light. Increase light and you have to increase all the others or you get algae.
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Good point khuligirl. If algae becomes a problem, hornwort can rob algae of nutrients, plus it is a good natural filter.
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