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Old 03-14-2012, 10:05 PM   #1 
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warmer daytime temps

How do you control the temperature of the tank when the weather gets warmer? With the lights on during the day, my 10 gallon gets to 82* with two 15 watt bulbs. Would taking one bulb out make a difference?
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:01 PM   #2 
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I would try having the light on less. Unless you have it on for plants. If that is the case you can try pointing a fan over the top and leaving the hood cracked. This will facilitate evaporative cooling. I have to do it with my goldfish tank every summer.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:09 PM   #3 
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The higher temperatures are not harmful to bettas. As long as they don't get over 90 I don't think you should worry. OFL, a very experience fish keeper here, has tanks outside during summer months and has mentioned that her fish do just fine during the hot summer months.
Even with delicate fry you can have higher temperatures, I've had fry do just fine in 85F water.
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The light was on for about 4-5 hours today and the temps still rose. I am trying to grow a live plant though.
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Okay, I was worried about it getting too hot. But the temps rise and fall with the day and night in a natural way.
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For a live plant you will need more than 4-5 hours of light. Try about 7 and see if that helps.
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