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Old 06-04-2011, 08:14 PM   #1
 
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summer heat

My tank is at 86 degrees without the heater is this a problem? It's the tank in my signature.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:16 PM   #2
 
ummmm probably... what fish.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:18 PM   #3
 
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a betta, neons, and mystery snails... I don't know what I can do about it since the apartment isn't cooled at the moment. the light had been on for several hours before i checked it though.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:28 PM   #4
 
I would put a ice pack in there and get a AC unit
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:33 PM   #5
 
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Would taking the part of the hood that flips up to feed them off help let some of the heat out? It read 86 during the hottest part of the day and now that it's started to cool off the tank is down to 84 and should continue to go back down slowly on its own. I don't have any other solution for tonight, but my boyfriend was already considering getting a newer air conditioner to put in anyway.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:35 PM   #6
 
yeah I think removing the hood would be okay but be careful about the betta jumping
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:36 PM   #7
 
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The tank isn't kept full because my mysteries have been going at it lately. No worries for Dobby.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:42 PM   #8
 
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Most tropical fish can tolerate those temps. for short periods of time (2-3 wks). The higher the temp. though the less oxygen there is, so I would add an airstone or turn the water flow up on the filter (if it has a flow control knob) to provide more circulation and agitation.

Our Aust. summers are stinking hot for long periods and the things I do are; keep the tank light off, take the tank lid off (if you can) and have a portable fan positioned so that it is blowing air across the surface of the tank. During heatwaves, I have put ice in sealed baggies and put them in the tank. Some people put glass bottles of ice in their tanks or those plastic ice-pack bricks.

Christople brings up a good point about the betta jumping.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:47 PM   #9
 
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I just read via a google search that an airstone can help cool the tank too. I guess I'll try that first. The stick on thermometer says 84 and the glass floating one in the tank says 83. I took the feeding part off the hood but not the rest because I have plants. The problem is I need to change/add water to the tank and I won't be able to watch the thermometer and learn from it if I do.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:06 PM   #10
 
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The problem is I need to change/add water to the tank and I won't be able to watch the thermometer and learn from it if I do.
The finger test is pretty accurate.
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