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Temperature fluctuation

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Can fauna and plants tolerate a 2 to 4 degrees of temp fluctuation ?
The reason I would like to know is that I am having problems with one of my heaters in a goldfish planted tank and my new heater will not arrive until Jan. the 5th. The temp fluctuates between 72 and 76 F. I usually keep it a constant 74F.
Darn, I paid for 2 to 3 days delivery and I am getting 8 days.

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I think they'll be fine. Tank temperatures generally fluctuate a little.


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I think they'll be fine. Tank temperatures generally fluctuate a little.
Thanks Reginald. That heater almost made a stew out of my goldies. It got stuck and kept heating the water. Lucky me, I did catch it just on time.

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A lot of people have issues with their lighting heating the water several degrees during each photoperiod. Not a big deal.
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A lot of people have issues with their lighting heating the water several degrees during each photoperiod. Not a big deal.
You right. Thanks.

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My heater evidently came from the factory stillborn (curse you, Aqua One) but I didn't find out until several weeks later when I added a new thermometer. The temperature swung by around seven to eight degrees in a day. Didn't lose a single fish... they're tougher than I thought (angels, tetras, corys, barbs).

A few degrees doesn't matter. That's what mine get every water change.
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My heater evidently came from the factory stillborn (curse you, Aqua One) but I didn't find out until several weeks later when I added a new thermometer. The temperature swung by around seven to eight degrees in a day. Didn't lose a single fish... they're tougher than I thought (angels, tetras, corys, barbs).

A few degrees doesn't matter. That's what mine get every water change.
Thanks. I am cranking up my house thermostat to 76F at night until I get the new heater.

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Goldfish survive outside in the winter in the northern US and Canada with no heat as long as the bottom doesn't freeze solid. If it's just goldfish in the tank I wouldn't even bother with a heater. I had ice over 2 feet thick in my pond and goldfish that were a foot long. Cold doesn't bother them.
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Goldfish survive outside in the winter in the northern US and Canada with no heat as long as the bottom doesn't freeze solid. If it's just goldfish in the tank I wouldn't even bother with a heater. I had ice over 2 feet thick in my pond and goldfish that were a foot long. Cold doesn't bother them.
Thanks kozlany but, I do have lots of plants in that tank. Anyway I did crank up my house thermostat to 76F at night. Usually I have it at 76 during the day and 72 during the nigh.

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Wrap the tank in a thick towel during the coolest time (night, I assume) to stabilize the temperature.
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Wrap the tank in a thick towel during the coolest time (night, I assume) to stabilize the temperature.
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