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Old 09-15-2011, 05:20 PM   #1 
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How was the "right" temperature decided?

So we all agree that bettas do well when kept in temps of 78-82. I am not going to argue that. And I am not going to talk about lower temps because I know that they are tropical fish that need warm water. But why 78-82? Why not warmer? I know that the shallow waters where bettas originated get hotter than 82, and I know that members of this forum have kept fish in water that has gone into the 90s because they were kept outside. I have kept my fish at 82 for a couple of months, sometimes the room gets warm and it creeps up to 84. They have never seemed to mind this at all, but when the water dips to say, 76 as it did yesterday after a heater malfunction, they acted sluggish until I brought the temp back up.

So where does our knowledge originate? And how hot is too hot for our fishy friends?
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:12 PM   #2 
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No one bring this up before,and I'm still all over website about caring and I have no idea!
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:15 PM   #3 
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too hot is actually 90-95, higher than that, it could kill your fish.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:18 PM   #4 
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When they are kept at higher temps, their metabolism speeds up and their life span is shorter.

When kept outdoors in those high temps, their container must be at least 12-18 inches deep, deeper is better. Then when the day is at it's hottest they go to the cool bottom. You also cover the top with tons of floating plants.

That's about the only things I can answer for you :)
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:46 PM   #5 
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Thank you! That does answer it! Though how cool is the bottom? Maybe some day I will take a trip to their native homeland and then I can test the waters there. Though I suppose it is a seasonal thing as well.
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