Tank Temperature Question..

  1. Fredbetta86

    Fredbetta86 Well Known Member Member

    Have have all 3 of my tank heaters set to 78f. During July and August the tanks run a little hotter because of the hot weather. They run at a pretty consistent 80 degrees. What I'm wondering is, if the tank gets to say 81-82 on a hotter day what's the safest way to bring the tempature back down? Also, how fast it too fast? As long as it's not an immediate tempature change should I be ok?
     
  2. tunafax

    tunafax Well Known Member Member

    Turning off the lights would usually drop it a few degrees.

    If you want something more drastic, wait for someone to explain the frozen waterbottle because I've personally never done it. What are you keeping that's so sensitive to a few extra degrees?
     
  3. OP
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    Fredbetta86

    Fredbetta86 Well Known Member Member

    I have 1 Betta in each tank. Is it not a big deal if the temps go up to 81-82? I just thought it was best to keep it consistent..
     


  4. tunafax

    tunafax Well Known Member Member

    Oh! I'm in the exact same situation with my 4 betta and goldfish as you, then. :)

    No, it's absolutely fine. Bette range is 76 to 82. The temp gradually increases from night to morning. It's not like it goes from 70 to 90 in a matter of 15 minutes.

    I'd start thinking about cooling the tanks only if they consistently stay over 83 for 4+ hours a day.
     
  5. Prism

    Prism Well Known Member Member

    Just set the heater down a few temperatures, and the light & filter will heat up the rest. If you want it to stay on the temperature you want it to be.
     
  6. tunafax

    tunafax Well Known Member Member

    OP's problem is that the heat wave is messing with usual tank temps of 78. The heater is not the problem.
     
  7. M

    MyNameIsFish New Member Member

    I wouldn't worry about the temperature going up a little (especially with bettas - they are really hardy and don't mind warmer water). The main thing with consistency is making sure your water isn't drastically changing temperature very quickly (like repeatedly changing 5 degrees). If you really don't want your water going up that high you can turn off your heater for a little bit but I personally wouldn't worry about it.

    I wouldn't worry about the temperature going up a little (especially with bettas - they are really hardy and don't mind warmer water). The main thing with consistency is making sure your water isn't drastically changing temperature very quickly (like repeatedly changing 5 degrees). If you really don't want your water going up that high you can turn off your heater for a little bit but I personally wouldn't worry about it.
     
  8. OP
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    Fredbetta86

    Fredbetta86 Well Known Member Member

    Ok thank you very much for your advice. I guess there would be no way to keep it at a perfect tempature if you live somewhere that is hot during the day and cold at night. So it's just the fast radical temp changes that are a concern correct?

    Yes exactly

    Ok that makes sense, thank you very much for your input! :)
     
  9. tunafax

    tunafax Well Known Member Member

    Yup. Just avoid swings and you're good. That's why you shouldn't turn off those heaters - they keep the temp up at night.
     
  10. TwoHedWlf

    TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

    If you're not somewhere humid a fan blowing across the water will work well. Makes the house humid though...
     
  11. AllieSten

    AllieSten Fishlore VIP Member

    I take the lid off and make sure the lights stay off all day. My tanks are in a room with big window. So I open a window too. Helps cool it down.

    Bettas can tolerate higher temps than most. So that is good.

    We just went through a heat wave and our AC is broken of course. So I spent some efforts to keep the tank temps down. If you absolutely need too, a frozen water bottle will work.
     
  12. Mike1995

    Mike1995 Well Known Member Member

    Turn the temperature on the heater down. A lot of things time it'll cause the heater to turn on at night when its cooler then in the day time aquarium water will go to room temperature
     
  13. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlack Fishlore VIP Member

    Either you cool the room, or you (and they) live with it. Bettas can take 85f. They are air breathers.