11-13-2011, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by KenC1
The other challenge ( problem) with smaller gravel is the under gravel filter I am using. It may suck the sand in and clog it up. It seems that I am in the perfect place for aquariums. We don't have air conditioning downstairs or heaters so our temperature is pretty much what it is outside. That is fine for most of the year however, in April through May or June it gets unbearable hot here. I am wondering if my water will get too hot and I will have to cool it. I was wondering today if I could use an ice cube or two when the time comes. They will be made from the same water we use in the aquarium so that part shouldn't make a difference. (Something to think about.) I don't even have a thermometer now and things seem to be going fine. Of course I have tropical fish in the tropics.
It gets pretty hot here too, although not as oppressive as where you are, it's not fun being wetter after a shower than actually being in the shower.
I'm not too sure about putting ice cubes in the water, any sudden temperature change will affect the fish and you would have to put a lot in to make any difference which would only be very temporary anyway. Just a thought.......maybe if you put in something that will move the water around so as to avoid "hot spots", an air stone should do the trick, much the same as a fan in a room circulates the air and cools it down.