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Temp question...

So if my living room is 84F and i have 300 watts of fluorescent lighting over a 100 gallon would it be too hot for the plants and fish???
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That is a little warm, some plants may not do very well in that temp.


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Discus would be okay in that temp, but most fish wouldn't. Also, some plants can't live well with that temp.
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So if my living room is 84F and i have 300 watts of fluorescent lighting over a 100 gallon would it be too hot for the plants and fish???
That is good, but what is the water temp?!

Are there fans in the lighting? Fans in a canopy? Open top?


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It will be DIY, in a canopy with fans.....but the problem is that i wont know the temp of the water....and i dont want to set up the tank and the water is to hot for most plants and fish.....im guessing that the water temp is goin to be close to the air temp which is 84.....so what im mostly asking is how will the lights affect the water temp.....
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Your light are going to raise the water temp, maybe a little or it could be alot, install some fans. Have a fan blowing across the water. If its in your budget get a chiller


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Your light are going to raise the water temp, maybe a little or it could be alot, install some fans. Have a fan blowing across the water. If its in your budget get a chiller

Getting a chiller is what i was a afraid of....the only thing is that its only this hot in the summer here from may to november so i dont know if i want to buy one.....if it comes to having a chiller ill see if i can do it myself....but thanks for the comments
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I run a planted discus tank at 84 degrees and my plants grow well.

But I can't keep java moss or christmas moss green at 84.

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For reference, I have a 29 gallon with 130 watts of cf lighting over it, and my livingroom can run between 80F and 90F during the summer. I've never seen the tank temp break 80F.

I have taken the measure of running my light cycle from 11am to 11pm however, primarily because that coincides more with the time when I'm home and want to see the tank, but also because the early morning is when my apartment gets the most sunlight on the windows and is probably the hottest.

Really wouldn't want to buy a chiller for the three months its above 50F in New England.


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Good suggestions above regarding fans and having an open top. If you are set on setting a tank up, why not just set it up, minus plants and fish. Then you can tell how hot it gets. Therefore, you can figure whether or not you need a chiller.

Another suggestion is, get a room airconditioner. It would cost the same as a chiller, plus you get the comfort of being in a cool room, while watching your fish.
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