Originally Posted by jaysee
I agree, I believe it's better to be cooler than warmer. There is this obsession with keeping fish at the top of their temp range and I don't get it. I think most people keep their tanks too warm. Are fish more active in warmer water? You bet they are - you should see the pictus cats I have in quarantine at 88 degrees - it's like they are turbocharged. Is it a GOOD thing to have the fish be so active? No not in the long run. Once the heat treatment is over the heater will be unplugged. Now pictus are naturally crazy - bettas aren't. Bettas are naturally quite sedate by comparison. My point is that more active does not necessarily mean better. Is it better for US? Yeah sure - who doesn't like active fish.... But a lot of the "tropical" fish in the trade don't require such warm water as people like to keep them in.
Hmm, interesting. I didn't get a chance to respond to this last night because I had to sleep, but I ended up not putting my heater in the tank after I read this because
1) It's a bottom heater that sits under the gravel and would have been a pain in the ass to do it when I was that tired.
2) Balthazar seems really active in 74... And I understand what you're saying about a fish being too active in the long run.
I do feel like 74 might be a little too cold, I'd be much happier with a happy medium I guess, so I ended up buying one of those heaters jadaBlu linked. Perhaps with an adjustable one that's easier to use will be more help. Although I'm a little miffed I spent $20 on the bottom one... and now I'm probably never going to use it. I don't think I can return it, either. Oh well, I'll try find a home for it I guess.
Thank you to everyone for your responses and advice!