08-06-2013, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by jaysee
I don't monitor temperature at all (I have one thermometer). My tanks are unheated. I know what the ambient air temp is, so I have a good idea of what the tanks are at.
There is this obsession with keeping fish at the top of their preferred temp range, as if that's somehow what's best. Believe it or not, many of the "tropical" fish in the trade don't need 80 degree water.
Temperature fluctuations are normal in nature - only in our aquariums do the fish get a constant temp.....
It's not true that in our Aquariums they maintain a constant temp even with heaters. There are always minor fluctuations, especially as the house temp fluxes (yes our own homes don't always keep a constant temp).
Of my 5 tanks, it's no surprise that I see temp fluxes. All of them are heated. But it's always a slow few degrees that seems to be related to the temp of the house and how long/frequent the AC is running(or not). While I agree that not all fish need that 80 degrees, there are fish out there that are quite sensitive to not being in the proper water temp. I live in a home where it is usually cold and the windows are drafty til we get that fixed. My tanks loose a lot of heat to this along with the workings of the AC. So for someone like me it's not feasible to do no heaters.
In the winter though it is worse.
OP, you ought to learn to pay attention the behavior of your fish. They will let you know when the water is too hot or too cold. So will the plants if you keep them. I rely more on my animals to tell me what is going on over test kits, and temp readers.
Last edited by Sanguinefox; 08-06-2013 at 01:59 PM..