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Old 12-08-2012, 04:11 PM   #1 
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Tank temps.

88 degrees seems to be the magic number in warding off a number of fish diseases. Why not keep the temp that high? My garage tanks reach the low 90's during the day, the outside ponds reach 100 on some days. My inside tanks stay at 82. The fish don't seem any worse for the wear. One of my girls got a little lethargic so after checking the water perams and finding nothing, checking her over in a well lit tank and finding nothing, I raised the water temp to 88 and in two days she was back to her old self.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:51 PM   #2 
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I think the general consensus on not keeping the temps that high is that it shortens their life span. I don't know if there's scientific proof or not but that's what people say.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:11 PM   #3 
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It doesn't shorten their life spans, and if it did, first I heard of it in the 20 years I've been keeping fish.. A lot of breeders who use outdoor containers, and people who live in Thailand, etc where it gets really hot would not have as much success if that were the case.. not to mention natural environment it gets that warm.

High temps won't keep everything at bay, fungus thrives in higher temps.
It is also hard to find smaller heaters that will go that high, remember most people keep their bettas in 1-5 gallons and use 50w and lower heaters. Some are preset and some go higher.. varies on brands.

What is the most important factor in keeping fish healthy and alive is water quality. You can have their tank at 90 degrees, but if you aren't doing proper water changes they will still become ill, regardless of temp. So water quality is top priority. Followed second by food quality and variety - then would be temp.

A betta can live in cooler waters as low as 68* and still be fine - may be a bit more lethargic, but can live in it for a good amount of time before it affects them.

Ideally, 76 - 80 is what is recommended if the betta shares a tank with other tropical fish (which is common). And depending upon some species of plants, they do better in the mid 70s to low 80s.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:17 PM   #4 
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As with all fish, yes keeping them at those high temperatures will shorten the life span.
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