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Old 10-08-2011, 04:41 PM   #1 
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Tank Temperature Question

So I have had my betta for a few weeks now, and I just got him a new heater for his tank. I know that betta's are tropical fish, but what would be an appropriate temperature for Phoenix's tank? And what would be too hot??

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Old 10-08-2011, 04:51 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum......

Generally you want to keep a somewhat stable temp in the 76-80F range....the slight temp swings from day and night are usually tolerated by healthy Bettas as well as the temp differences at the different levels in the tank....that is normal....you want to avoid extreme changes either high or low.....Healthy Bettas can tolerate gradual extremes short term IME....I have had them tolerate as low as 50's and as high as 100's for up to weeks without adverse reaction, however, its not recommended.....

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Old 10-08-2011, 04:58 PM   #3 
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Yes, if the betta is hardy they can withstand a range of below room temperature, to a very high temperature. However what I find best for my bettas is anywhere between 78-80.
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:15 PM   #4 
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I agree with what the others have already mentioned..I think my guys like the water around 78- 80 degrees...Is that your betta in your avatar? If so, he is gorgeous!
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:38 PM   #5 
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Lol yeah if it is... very beautiful!
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Old 10-08-2011, 06:57 PM   #6 
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Yeah, thats Phoenix, thanks! If only he were more red...then I could call him Fawkes too :)

Do you think that 82 might be a little too warm to permanently have him live in? I currently only have a 1-gal tank (I know, I know, too small, but I'm saving up to get him a nicer and bigger tank), and I read somewhere earlier that the smaller heaters, like mine, can't really be adjusted, and 82 seems to be the temp that it wants to stay at. I'm going to let it continue on for a few more hours to see if it really does stay at 82, but is this an issue? If so, any suggestions?
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:05 PM   #7 
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my 20 gallon is at 82, one 10 is at 80, and everyone else has 77-79. so...

Really, it is okay what you have it at. Just yes, watch it to make sure it does not increase. if it does, you may have to turn it off and just keep the water temperature above room temperature for him. Usually heaters are made for 2.5 gallons and up.. I mean my friend is using my old 1.5 gallon with a mini heater made for 2.5 gallons. It stays at 78 degrees :) So yes let it run for a bit longer, and watch :)
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Temperature

Try to keep it at 72(F) through 80(F)
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:49 PM   #9 
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82 is ok for now - just know that higher temps speeds up their metabolism making them age faster.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:29 AM   #10 
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Hmmm I never knew that :p -will probably lower temperature a little-
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