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Does anyone not use a heater? or should i say use heaters? Just thinking since we are already tropical.
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I have bettas in 2 of my 3 tanks, so I have to have heaters in there. My shrimp-only tank doesn't, though...

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It depends what the temp of the water is and what kind of shrimp or fish you have.

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Are you guys in Hawaii?
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No, but i will know if you need a heater or not. It just depends on the temp of water and the inhabitants, which i mentioned above. Since, i know what to do..

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I had a 20 gallon for a couple of years with no heater. I would say that is about the biggest tank you can get away with not having heater. This is in California BTW.
I had many types of Gourami and tetras. If needed, there are fish that tolerate slightly colder water like Barbs.

Like they mentioned above, It's all about your temp. Monitor your temperature at different times in the day (first thing in the morning, midday and night) and you can get an idea of temp range.
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If you are in Hawaii. You should be fine. I went on vacation in Hawaii and the place I stayed had a small pond outside and they had all kinds of tropical fish in it. Guppies/platys/swordtails. But I guess it depends on what kind of fish you want to get. I also went to Florida and this place also had a pond outside that had a bunch of Guppies in it.
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Does anyone not use a heater? or should i say use heaters? Just thinking since we are already tropical.

I was born and raised in Honolulu before moving to the mainland 14 years ago. I never used aquarium heaters in planted/non-planted aquaria the entire time I was there. My tanks ranged in size from 10 to 29 gallon. I kept a school of emporer tetras, panda corys and otos in a 20 gallon long low tech planted tank without a heater for years and they thrived.
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i live in Hawaii to be exact Mililani this year the temp stayed down in the low 50's till late March so i run a heater on my tanks. Although both of my tanks house SA cichlids where they prefer low 80's.
Basically it just depends on where in Hawaii, like your locations says Honolulu is generally really warm. Also what type of fish you'll be keeping
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I keep my 75g and my 20L in my office, and really need heaters because of the A/C. (I'm freezing, but at least the fish are warm)

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All tanks that house tropical fish should have heaters.

Most fish are pretty good about adapting to different temperatures, but temperature swings cause nothing but trouble. A heater helps the temperature stay constant as the ambient temperature rises and falls. Even in Hawaii, it's not 78 degrees all the time...

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my tank is like 78 all the time. well since April it has been
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Just to note, for all the mainlanders here -- Honolulu has the smallest temperature range of any major city in the U.S. So while it's not 78 degrees all the time, I think the bigger concern is the number of days/time warmer than 78, not colder than 78. In those instances, the heater is not helping much.

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I agree with Honolulufishy and RianS, my concern is my tanks getting too warm, especially indoors with no AC, because if your house is well insulated and not very well ventilated it can get pretty hot! Also, it does depend on where in Hawaii you live and what kind of fish you keep.

But in general, you probably have no need for a heater. I have never used heaters in any of my tanks or container ponds and my fish thrive. It seems that fish in the outdoor tanks do better!

Just a reminder, that the smaller the water volume the more temperature fluctuation you get. So people with smaller tanks should watch their temperature closer if not using heaters/chillers.

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