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Old 06-30-2013, 06:16 PM   #1 
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Tank too hot for the betta?

Every summer, my family and I do not turn the AC on until July 1st to save on money.

Right now the house is about 89 degrees.

The fish tank is about 90. I know bettas like warm water, but how warm is too warm?
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:24 PM   #2 
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While the ideal temperature range is around 76-82 degrees F, they can survive (note- survive, not thrive) high temperatures of 85-95, and only temporarily. I would suggest finding a way to cool the tank down- 90 degrees is too high, since most betta owners I've met view any temperature above 86 degrees as cause for panic. Wrapping towels soaked in cold water around the tank, moving the tank into a cooler room (and DEFINITELY out of the sun), and even the temporary application of ice packs to the sides of the tank will help you avoid cooking your betta.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:34 PM   #3 
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keep tanks as dark and shady as possible and I find fans to be helpful. The dark might harm plants though....
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:08 PM   #4 
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90 is getting too high find a way to cool him/her off asap. Maybe have July 1st 4 hours early.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:25 PM   #5 
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You can also do an ice drip DIY thing. Basically just find a way to clamp a bag of ice over the tank and let it drip into the tank although it's not dechlorinated so if you can freeze some conditioned water to make ice cubes that will work better. I would then just cut a tiny tiny hole in the corner of a sandwich baggie with the ice in there and let it drip in to the tank, cooling it evenly over a few hours
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Thank you so much! I feel so bad letting it get so hot. We turned the AC on and it's about 86 in the tank now.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:41 AM   #7 
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Tank hit 90 degrees while I was away. I am currently floating a bag of ice in the tank. It has gone down a few degrees already. Milo is swimming close to it - he must have been really hot. I feel terrible. :(
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