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Can water be too warm?
I am about to start a new aquarium. My first in Florida.
Since the room temperature frequently is in the 80-83 degree
range, will this be a problem? Is my choice of fish restricted?
Is there a solution (if it's a problem)? Like 'water coolers'
- Warmer water will usually make your fish more active. I
have also heard that it 'speeds' up their life cycle. That
temperature is not a problem for most tropicals. However,you
may want to stay away from any coldwater fish or white clouds.
My tanks are often 80-82 degrees in the summer if the air
is off and this has never been a problem.
- I agree with jd (hey, I hope it is okay to call you that,
Joyce). As long as you stay away from the coldwater variety
such as goldfish and white clouds, you should be fine. Before
air conditioning in my home, my water would raise to sometimes
87 plus degrees. That is when the small plastic coke bottles
filled with water and frozen would come in handy. When the
water would become too warm, I would just plop one in, and
all the fishies were refreshed. Just remember to try to keep
whatever temperature the tank is constant. Severely fluctuating
temperatures will stress the fish and cause disease.
- Hey JD (i like the ring of that) and kick are right on the
money (as always) the only thing I will trow in is that make
sure your thermometer goes above 82F. alot of them dont and
if you have a liquid metel thermometer then it could break
and poision the fish. I have always used the stick on outside
type and they are quite accurate. I always keep a glass one
- JD is fine with me (new handle I guess).Good idea on the
coke bottles Kick(fish airconditioning) and good one on the
thermometer Steve. I also have a glass one, but rarely use
it.The stick-ons are very convenient.
- Depending on the "outside" environment, sometimes the sticky
thermoms are not 100 percent accurate, but usually only vary
a couple of degrees. These thermoms pick up the outside temp.
somewhat and if by chance it is in the area of a furnace or
air conditioning vent, it could vary from the inside of the
tank. A very good thing to do to be sure the water inside
the tank is appropriate is to "test" the outside thermom.
Have an inside one on hand and place it in the tank periodically
to see what the "actual" temp is inside. If it is the same
or only varies slightly, it will work just fine. Most small
glass aquarium thermoms (about $2 in most areas) have readings
up to and over 104 degrees so I would hope these would not
cause any problems. My bigger worry would be the heater.