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Old 06-26-2012, 01:38 PM   #1 
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Exclamation How can I cool down my betta's water without killing them?

So the A/C is out at my house and I have two betta's. One in a 2.5 gallon non filtered water. The other is in a 5 gallon with a filter. I checked the temp on both tanks and they are both nearly 86-87 degrees fahrenheit. How can I cool down both of my betta's water without killing them?
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:45 PM   #2 
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Put a fan on them, so they get some surface breeze. Someone on another thread suggested a towel in the freezer for an hour, and this wrapped around the tank cools it slowly, which was a bit clever I thought!
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:57 PM   #3 
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I'll try the towel thing.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:07 PM   #4 
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I've also heard of making ice cubes out of conditioned water, but I don't know if that would change the temperature too quickly....
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:13 PM   #5 
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I'll try the ice cubes too. I actually just did a complete water change when I realized that my betta, Roy, might have fin rot. I put in some special water conditioner to try to help him heal. Anyway Roy is the one in the 2.5 gallon. So Roy's water is now down to about 77-78 degree's. I'll try the ice cubes if Roy's water heat's back up.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:22 PM   #6 
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I float a betta cup with ice in the tank
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:26 PM   #7 
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Ok I'm floating a small plastic bowl with ice in the 5 gallon. I used to have his cup but it broke. The bowl has a top securely on it. So I'll see if it works.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:31 PM   #8 
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Using ice cubes or floating something cold in the tank will drop the temperature too rapidly. And once it has melted, the temp will rise again quickly. Air flow over the top is the best method. Another option if it seems you will be in this situation long-term is to move the tanks. Hot air rises and the basement and ground floor levels of the house will always be cooler than the upstairs.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:32 PM   #9 
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Ok so I wrapped a frozen towel around the five gallon along with the cup of ice. It seems to be working so far. The tank has gone down about 3-4 degree's. Do yall know how I can prevent this from happening again?
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