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Old 02-06-2014, 08:18 PM   #1 
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Surface water really warm

I notice that sometimes the surface water is much warmer than the rest of the water. I have a heater and the thermometer reads 78 degrees towards the bottom of the tank. Is this normal? If it is 78 towards the bottom that means it must be at least 5 degrees warmer at the top.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:41 PM   #2 
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water acts like air, warm water rises and cold water sinks. in my 5 gallon tank I have a 3 degree difference between the bottom of the tank and the top. so yeah its normal, you can keep the temp consistent throughout the tank by making sure your filter circulates the water addiquitly, but too much current could upset your betta. My fish seems fine, his tank stays about 78 at the bottom and almost 80 at the top. hope someone else will chime in with suggestions, I'm curious about this now.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:04 PM   #3 
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It's normal for heat to rise, so yeah, that's fine. Better circulation would even out the temps, but your betta may not like it (you could try, though). Both temps are within acceptable betta ranges, so I'd just go with it.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:22 PM   #4 
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It feels almost too warm but I can't figure out how to get a reading as my thermometer won't really work on the surface.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:27 PM   #5 
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Stir the water a bit with your hand. (really stir the water, just not enough to start flinging gravel and ripping up decor) That will equalize the tank temp in no time. (And annoy your betta for a couple of minutes, but he'll get over it)

Then you can get an average temp reading, and you'll know.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:29 PM   #6 
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Always remember that betta fishes are tropical fish and prefer water temperatures between 78-80 degrees. If your fish is swimming normally than you have nothing to worry about.
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