I've been noticing a temp swing in my tank from 76.5 in the morning to 78.6 in the evening. That does not seem like a large swing to me but I'm not sure if it really counts as being "stable". What do you recommend as being an acceptable variation in temp ?
My tank stats are :
(But i hope to move more towards reef later on)
Moonlight hood with 2x65W 10,000K and 2x65W Actinic
1x200W Etonic heater in back-center of tank with good water flow over it
1xAquaClear 401 PH
(aimed at front-center of tank from back-left corner)
1xAquaClear 201 PH
(aimed at heater from back-right corner of tank)
Return from Fluval 404 aimed at surface directly above heater
Prior to adding the CSL hood last weekend (to replace the crappy 40W 50/50 single NO
) the temp varied between 76.5 and 77.3. When adding the hood I also added tight-fitting glass covers with very limited openings for the filter and skimmer. Tight-fitting is probably required as some of the fish I would eventually like to house are jumpers.
Any advice ?
One other thing - do you think my temp should be a little higher than the current range? Current livestock is LR
,Snails and a Maroon Clown with a Kole Tang coming into QT