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At what temp will my fish cook!!!

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I am having trouble keeping my tank cool with these hot summer days we are having, my tank is at around 88 degrees faheranete and sometimes reaching 90 i have a computer fan running over my 5 tubes which i limit to 9 hours at the moment my fish seem ok at the moment .
but surely they cant take it much hotter than its getting?


any advice would be gratefull
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Really depends. What kind of fish do you have in there?

Some fish really thrive in that type of temperature, such as discus, while others fair really poorly (e.g. goldfish).

Also, make sure that you have plenty of water movement and aeration, since there's less oxygen at higher temperatures.

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Turn your lights on only at night when the temp is cooler; this may help to keep it a couple of degrees cooler.

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Raise the lights on small blocks and/.or
Lower the water level to get more air between the water and the lights.
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If you have a hood and/or glass top open it/them up night and have a fan blow across the water surface. Evaporation will usually drop your water temperature several degrees.

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Bharada, that's a great idea. I used to do that to keep my reef tanks cooler in the summer time (kinda hard to keep it in the 70s when it's high 90-100s outside, without AC).

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I'd just change the lighting times so lights come on later in the day, and stay on into the night (assuming hte tank's not next to your bed). the fish and plants just need a light cycle. It doesn't matter if it's the complete opposite of what's going on outside.
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Malkore, I was thinking the same thing. I'd either set them to come on much later, after things have started to cool down in the evening, or much earlier, before things have heated up for the day. Either way, the lights would be off for the hottest part of the day.

It's unfortunate that you'll miss out on viewing time (if you're awake on an opposite cycle), but it's only temporary.


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WoW, How hot does it get in England. I would try to pick up a small cheap AC for the fish room. It will make fish watching more enjoyable also.
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You could try using a fan at the surface of the tank, or using ice packs wrapped in ziplock bags right in the tank if it gets to the point that fish are starting to go. Keep an eye on the temp though.
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