Water Too Hot

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Today I looked at my thermometer and it’s close to 85. I don’t think it’s the heater, which is set to 75 and did not feel hot to the touch. My tank is in sunlight for a large part of the day. I think that may be the culprit. I turned the tank light off hoping that would help.
Should I do more, like try to cover the side of the tank that faces the window?

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4 zebra danios
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3 zebra loaches
1 cockatoo cichlid
 

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You should probably cover your aquarium or move it out of the sun. Not only will it increase temperatures, but it'll make algae grow like mad.
 

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Yes. Keep it out of direct sunlight. You can either cover that side of the aquarium or use room darkening shades or curtains.
 
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I’ve never had algae in that tank. I can cover that side of the aquarium. Unfortunately I can’t use room darkening curtains since I have a lot of plants.
 

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Jellibeen said:
I’ve never had algae in that tank. I can cover that side of the aquarium. Unfortunately I can’t use room darkening curtains since I have a lot of plants.
Do you mean in your tank? Or in your house?
 
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Both, kinda. There’s a lot of plants on the windowsil and some low-light plants on the other side of the room. I have some Golden Pothos and spiderplant growing out of my tank as well.
 

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