Hi. I have a 55 gallon tank that is 24" tall, 48" wide, and 12" deep. I have an Emperor 400 that seemingly creates a fair amount of current. It's place in the back left position. My heater sits to the right of the filter. It's a Marineland 200 watt. I have two florescent lamps which run the width of the tank; both on. My room temperature is 61 degrees. (It's Minnesota, which brings up another question for another time.)
Initially I placed my in tank thermometer in the corner farthest from the heater, front right. Today I added two thermometers and put one in the front left, and on fairly close to the heater. All three have their bulb 6" from the surface. My temperatures in the tank range from 65-69, and my three 4 to 5" goldfish spend most of their time in the front right, the coldest place in their universe.
So, I began to wonder. What difference in ranges are usual in a tank's geography? Is this a more interesting situation in a much larger tank?