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Old 11-10-2012, 10:01 PM   #1 
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Air temperature vs. Water temp and heaters

The temperature in my house fluctuates a lot and the weather has been crazy (one day its 90 and the next its 50). So I want to know: should my adjustable aquarium heater keep my bettas water temperature stable despite fluctuations in room temp? I mean as long as the air temp doesnt go too high, because I know the heater wont cool the water...

But I mean like will it keep the water the same temp whether the air in the room the tank is in is 45 degrees or 70 degrees?
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:08 PM   #2 
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My adjustable heaters are set to keep the tanks at 78F while my room temp will drop to the 60's at night. I have A/C so in the summer my room temp doesn't get above 80 & the tanks get to that or slightly above because of the tank lights. If your water temp is not staying a steady temp with the heater, I'd get a new heater.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:07 PM   #3 
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So your tanks stay at 78 all the time unless the room temp gets over that?
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:12 AM   #4 
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That's how mine works.....the temp stays at 79 unless the room gets warmer than that...which basically never happens in my house lol
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:26 AM   #5 
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So it always stays at 79 even if the room gets really cold?
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:54 AM   #6 
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This morning when I got up my house temp was 65, I checked my tanks 2 were 78/79 & my 46g was maybe 77. So, it may go down a degree but that's it.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:23 AM   #7 
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Correct, the heaters (when working properly) will keep the temp stable. There may be slight fluctuations but usually only within a degree or two. When the water cools down to below the setting the heater will kick on and bring it to the proper temp.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:59 AM   #8 
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And this is if the water temp gets below by only a degree or so?
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #9 
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If you have an adjustable heater it should kick on when the water temp drops below the temp the heater is set on & shouldn't be more than a degree or 2 below what the heater is set for.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:18 PM   #10 
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I think so, but the margin for when the heater kicks in may vary between brands and models because of quality differences. lol I'll mention add fact that there is a point when the air temperature is so low that a heater won't be able to keep up, but that has to be really cold.
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