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My water temp

Due to the amdient temp in the room in which my tank is in, my tank temp stays at 80 degrees. And probably a bit higher as summer gets here.

Would it be beneficial for me to buy a chiller to get my temp down to a constant 75?


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Due to the amdient temp in the room in which my tank is in, my tank temp stays at 80 degrees. And probably a bit higher as summer gets here.

Would it be beneficial for me to buy a chiller to get my temp down to a constant 75?
I don't think so. What sort of fish do you have, or are you more worried about the plants?

If the latter, my tank has been at 80 for months...my plants do fine. I even had a heater break and peg the temp up to 90 for a few days, still no problems. I think this plant temperature worry is a myth, the occasional "special-rare-cold water-only" type species being the exception, not the rule. Obviously 100 degrees probably isn't acceptable, but you catch my drift.

That said, Co2 and O2 do levels fluctuate with temperatures, but I can't remember how that works, lol.
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Not sure about CO2 but you'll have higher O2 levels in cooler water.
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Not sure about CO2 but you'll have higher O2 levels in cooler water.
That might have been what I was thinking about, lol.
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i do have a few fish that would appreciate cooler water: rainbow darters and hillstream loaches. But I was really concerned with my plants actually. I was just under the impression that the plants would benefit more from the cooler temp. I know water facilitates CO2 in higher concertration at lower temps.


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Remember, in a planted tank, fish are mere ornaments that we add to the scape to bring it to life. The main objective is to keep the plants alive and healthy. If it's a biotype setting then yes, go coldwater plants and coldwater fish, but if you've got tropical plants, the fish should be fine... just that they won't be their happiest.

I've kept darters in my 78*F planted tank for quite some time and they seemed to do well, but were never as colorful as seen in the wild. I'm pretty sure coldwater would've brought out their colors easily but I didn't want to risk the loss of my plants, so I kept it warm.


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That said, Co2 and O2 do levels fluctuate with temperatures, but I can't remember how that works, lol.

real rough simplification, but cold water increases the amount of dissolved gasses, and hot water increases the amount of dissolved solids.
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