Proper Fish Tank Temperature is Essential for Your Fish
Aquarium temperature is crucial for maintaining proper fish metabolism and is usually the very first thing most new aquarium owners will check for. However, most aquarium fish are actually poikilothermic (they do not regulate internal body temperatures) and instead rely on their external environment to regulate their metabolic rates. This means that you should pay special attention to the aquarium temperature, especially during the winter. As an aquarist, you will find this out sooner rather than later.
If you want to keep your fish healthy and happy, then you must learn how to correctly maintain the temperature of your tank. There are specific temperature ranges that are generally accepted as the normal range for tropical fish, however it does depend on the species of fish you have. When determining your aquarium temperature, you must also take into consideration any other factors that might affect your tank temperature like sunlight, water quality and amount of gravel or sand etc. Also, do remember that the actual temperature of the water in your tank may not be same with the tank temperature outside.
The ideal tropical fish tank temperature is around 80 degrees centigrade, but most of the time it is closer to eighty. You should make sure that you keep the water level in your fish tank at this level throughout the year, particularly during the winter months. This is because water levels will drop slightly and this may be enough to cause your fish to stop growing and adapt to the lower temperature. During the summer, the water level should rise about one inch per day, which is still fairly high. The key thing to remember is that no matter what temperature your fish tank is at, your water temperature should never exceed seventy-two degrees centigrade.
One way to determine your fish tank’s ideal temperature is to use a thermometer, which can easily be bought from your pet shop. Thermometers come in several different types including glass, ceramic, metal and plastic. Glass is by far the best, as it is capable of accurately reading the temperature of the water at any point along the thermometer’s cord, and its internal mechanisms are often sealed tightly for optimal accuracy. You can also purchase thermometers with different probe styles, which allow you to measure temperatures from various distances.
Suction cups can also be used to help keep your aquarium temperature constant. A good variety of these tools are known as “thermoplastic” or “thermoplastic zip-ties”, and there are several different styles. Some varieties have suction cup pads built right in, so that all you need to do is insert the hot suction cup into the bottom of the aquarium, and it will suck the moisture and air out of the water. This will prevent evaporation, which can make your aquarium extremely uncomfortable.
Keeping a constant fish tank temperature is important for the health of both your fish and plants. Aquarium fish thrive on a certain temperature that is neither too hot nor too cold for their delicate physiology. Aquarium plants need to be kept at a constant temperature, and if they are over-watered or starved of nutrients, then they will die, sometimes just before you even get to see them! So take some time, plan some activities, and set up your fish tank for success!