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Old 07-28-2008, 12:37 AM   #1 
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Is no AC okay?

My room at college has no air conditioning. I remember last year, I was in a different building but the room temperature was around 80 degrees. Assuming my room this year is the same, I would naturally assume the water temperature would warm up to about 80 degrees as well, right? I know this is an OK temperature for my betta, but I am concerned about days that may be hotter than others, and the temperature of the room could be warmer. Given, it may not get incredibly hot, and I don't go back for another few weeks, but I wanted to ask what I should do just in case the temperature in the room gets really warm (just because sometimes I get paranoid that something will harm my fish). What's your advice?
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:43 AM   #2 
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all i have to say is if that little guys in a fish bowl.. hes dooomed :(
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Old 07-28-2008, 05:20 AM   #3 
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He should be fine. Bettas like higher temps and can readily handle up to 84 degrees. If you notice the water temp running higher than that, then you could buy a small fan and just keep it pointed at the tank.
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:30 AM   #4 
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If it ever gets really hot, you can float an aquarium safe (made with treated water) ice cube in his tank. This does require that you watch it to make sure that the temperature does not swing too rapidly however.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:15 AM   #5 
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I was about to suggest fans, but flashygrrl beat me too it

But seriously, just get like one or two fans, for your fish and you.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:46 PM   #6 
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The biggest problem with short-term heat waves is that the water can't hold as much dissolved oxygen, which makes breathing hard for most fish. However, your betta can breath atmospheric air, so they can handle very low oxygen environments. I agree with the fan suggestion, but he should be able to handle water temperatures as high as 86F just fine.
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