Originally Posted by Ilikebutterflies
Most of mine are in my garage. It's been closed in so it's just another room now but there isn't and central a/c yet. I live in FLorida and the water temp can be 85 degrees sometimes in there. I have a fan to keep the air moving and all the tanks have air stones. Every body does just fine and I have a llllloooootttt if fish in there.
The fish outside do fine too and some of their containers get to 90 degrees during the day. I think air/water movement helps but I also find they do fine in higher temps.
I agree. I live in the second floor so it's warm, though maybe not garage warm
. The tanks get to 82-83 in the summer - the fish do fine.
I know it's often suggested, but I'm going to question the practice of cooling the tank with ice packs. Unless one were to spend the day replacing ice packs as the melt, it would seem like there would be several temperature fluctuations. Especially in small tanks - yes they are easier to cool than large tanks, but they are also easier to heat up. Small tanks are much more susceptible to temperature fluctuations as it is, I would think using ice packs to bring the temp down would put the fish more at risk, unless of course the temperature is monitored constantly, and who has time for that? And even if one had time to do that for a day, what about tomorrow, an the next day, and the day after that?
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