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Old 10-09-2011, 01:52 PM   #1 
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Hot Weather Makes Fish Tank Too Hot

With the warm weather we have been having, coupled with being in a hot dorm room, I noticed that the temperature in my tank is hotter than I'd like it to be. It's currently at 80F, which is a little over the recommended temperature for the cories from what I've read. How can I cool the tank down so it isn't so hot? It probably isn't a big deal now but I'm worried for next summer. This past summer the tank got over 80F just due to the external temperature (the tank heater is set at 78F). My house doesn't have air conditioning so I can't change the temperature in my house apart from the numerous fans we use. I didn't get the cories until the end of summer so it wasn't too hot for the betta but it will be for them. What can I do to change this?
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:59 PM   #2 
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80 degrees should be okay.
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:30 PM   #3 
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What about when it gets into the mid-80's in the summer?
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:58 PM   #4 
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You can float ice cubes in a bag, or freeze a bottle of water. Just don't let the temp change too fast.

Also, you can move the tank away from a window, and/or put a fan on it. The fan alone should help it drop a couple of degrees.

Another option is to buy a bunch of floating plants, it will provide more shade. Caves can help give the fish a cooler place to retreat as well.
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