Temp - Ice Ice Baby?

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  1. H2OHOH

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    I have a display tank (fish only) that I recently noticed seem to be somewhat cool. I measured the temp and it was at 78. My Spidey senses kicked in, and that did not seem quiet right. I recently bought a calibrated digital thermometer to check all my tanks. Seems to me any easy parameter that I often overlook.

    Assuming the calibrated instrument I just received (with certification of calibration and results...if that helps, sounds good anyway), measured my water at 76.2 F. Again, fish only (tangs, wrasses, angels, etc...)

    Normally, one would just turn it up a couple degrees and not worry about it. However, I have NO heaters on this sysem. Between the room temp, UV sterlizer (120W) and multiple pumps, I have not had heaters on in.

    So, long story short, would you raise the temp or go with it?
     
  2. AsianReef

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    76.2 is kind of cold in my opinion, but if your tank happy with it, go with it. If I was you, I'll throw in a heater and set it lower (77) and call it a day. Just in case your temp drop, heater will be your back up to keep up the temp
     
  3. cheezybuda

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    For a fish only tank, I wouldn't bother. There metabolism will be a bit slower, but that means you can probably get away with feeding them a bit less.
     
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    I have my heaters set to 77F, display usually hovers between 76 and 78. Things grow slower, but you don't have to feed as much.
     
  5. Ben Nicholls

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    On the Apex their seasonal reef temp runs from 75.5 to 80.5. I believe that is based on average reef temps for those months. I usually run with the seasonal and have had no issues with it. The tank is currently at 76.

    I would suggest you add a heater to the tank and set it as a safety backup at the lowest temp you want the tank. That way if for some reason your house is cooler than normal you don't have your tank drop below desired temps. A few degrees of house temp can make a difference in the temp your non-heater devices keep the tank.
     
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    I think you are still alright. Many times more damage is done by correcting the parameter.

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    Mr Reefking

    I like your 'back to the basics' advice. Sometimes it is not so simple to be simple. The community is better for having you part of it.

    Regards
     
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    I've dove in 76 degree water... fish and corals everywhere.
     

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