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Old 05-27-2009, 09:15 PM   #1 
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Is 86 far to high?

Today I turned down the air up stairs, not thinking. My 5 gallon got up to 86 degrees. I have since unplugged the heater and turned up the air (my room got up to 81 ). Should I be concerned about my fish? He seems okay... Also should I try and drop the temp more slowly?

Oh, I just had to tell some one this... Today I was at my local fish store and noticed an employee telling a woman that a koi would be fine long term in a 20 gallon. When the employee walked away for a second I when up to her and said "Mam, I wouldn't trust everything you hear from this store. Koi's that size need about 200 gallon." She seemed thankful and even asked if I knew any place more knowledgeable. That was about the time that the manager asked me to leave the store because I was 'chasing away his customers'. Turns out the employee had heard what I said and went to get the manager. But at the end of the day I didn't care because the woman didn't buy the poor fish.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:20 PM   #2 
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I have read in many different places, that they can live in water anywhere from 74-90 degrees >> So I can't immagine it's much of a bother.

and lol @ the koi story
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:25 PM   #3 
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I don't think the temp going up to 86 hurt your fish. It wasn't for that long, was it? Shame on you for chasing away customers! lol Just teasing you.:) Too bad petstore people don't want to hear the truth. Anything to make a sale.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:53 PM   #4 
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Haha good for you,

I had my heater set at 82 (it has the numbers on the filter) and for some reason it got up to 86 today, stupid heater. I just turned the number to 79 and it dropped down to 83 in about an hour, I figured that was good enough.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:14 PM   #5 
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haha way to go.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:27 PM   #6 
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Mine goes up to 86 sometimes and I was getting concerned myself. I have it preset to around 78. For the most part it stays around 80 though.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:29 PM   #7 
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I set mine at 78 also. I turned mine off for summer but if the a/c gets too chilly for them, I'll turn them back on. I don't want my babies freezing their little fins off. lol
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:32 AM   #8 
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Today I turned down the air up stairs, not thinking. My 5 gallon got up to 86 degrees. I have since unplugged the heater and turned up the air (my room got up to 81 ). Should I be concerned about my fish? He seems okay... Also should I try and drop the temp more slowly?
Bettas will be fine with it. They are tropical species and most part of Asia particularly Southeast has stiffling hot temperature, hotter than 86 degrees.

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Oh, I just had to tell some one this... Today I was at my local fish store and noticed an employee telling a woman that a koi would be fine long term in a 20 gallon. When the employee walked away for a second I when up to her and said "Mam, I wouldn't trust everything you hear from this store. Koi's that size need about 200 gallon." She seemed thankful and even asked if I knew any place more knowledgeable. That was about the time that the manager asked me to leave the store because I was 'chasing away his customers'. Turns out the employee had heard what I said and went to get the manager. But at the end of the day I didn't care because the woman didn't buy the poor fish.
Disturbing and nosy employees.
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:00 AM   #9 
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My own thoughts are steady temp of 78 degrees. Higher temps= higher metabolisim ,which sometimes leads to shortened lifespans of some fishes.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:29 PM   #10 
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I have also read all over that they can withstand temps as high as the high 80s. However, I have noticed with my fish that they dont seem to "like" the high temperatures. If my tank gets much higher than 82ish my fish sometimes exhibit similar behavior to a fish in a cold tank. Somewhat sluggish, less active and and other things. Not sure if this is just my fish being picky or a sign of over heating. Just something I noticed.
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