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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Even with insulation of the walls of my fish room, I'm fighting temps. (it didn't help that I unplugged the space heater last night in an ambien haze)

what's a good target temp to try and hold the room itself at so that the greatest range of fish can be kept happy and/or breeding.

I've got pregnant looking livebearers that might just be fat as their "pregnancies" have gone on much longer than I'm used to....
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 07:43 AM
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76? Unless you have cooler water fish in the room..
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 01:08 PM
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How many tanks do you have? I would imagine it's much less expensive to heat the tank water than to heat the whole room. We keep our house at 65 in the winter and there's a heater in the tank to bring it to 76. I have a meter and could measure the energy consumption and translate it into dollars to know for sure, but I'm guessing it's negligible compared to how much our heating bill would go up if we heated the whole house at 76.

Of course if you have a "fish room" where you can heat just that room, and you have 20 tanks and don't want 20 individual heaters running, then it might make more sense to heat the room.
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