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orandagal
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Heating question
« on: February 20, 2012, 01:28:28 PM »

Morning all,
Hope everyone had a good weekend and if you are off, enjoying Presidents Day. Here is my question. My new tank is now beginning into week 5 of the cycle. Nitrites are still peaked at 5ppm, however the Nitrates are continuing their climb currently 10 moving up slowly-yeah!! I put new plants in on the 15th (Anacharis and Hygrophila-corymbosa) The Anacharis looks fine, however the Hygrophila looks a little weepy and some of the leaves are falling off. This may be normal, since they were just put in the aquarium. I was wondering about the temperature. I've gone on line looking and it says they do ok in 68-82 degrees water. This aquarium has never gotten above 70 and normally stays at 68 degrees. I think this my cause a problem, as the smaller tank my fish are in right now is normally between 74-76. It's in a smaller, warmer room in the house. Would you recommend I get a heater not only for the fish, but plants as well and I currently have a 20 watt. light and was reading that the Hygrophilia likes moderate to bright light. I can go up to a 40 wt. but no higher. Would you buy a light as well or try the heater first for the plants and if so, could I get recommendations please. I have a 29 gallon tank. Thanks so much in advance for your help.
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Heating question
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 01:49:25 PM »

An adjustable heater would be ok but some smaller heaters automatically raise the temp to the high seventies or eighty which is not ideal for goldfish. Aim to keep the temp 72-74.
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Nossie
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Re: Heating question
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 04:39:49 AM »

I'd get a heater Smiley My tank stays at 72 degrees or so on its own thanks to the light and stuff, and I find that to be a pretty ideal temperature for everything living in water Cheesy
Make sure you choose a heater where you can adjust the temperature so that it won't make the water too warm Smiley
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orandagal
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Re: Heating question
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 09:23:17 AM »

Good Morning Everyone,
Just a quick update. I got a heater last night and have it up and running. Got a Aqueon Pro 100 wt. and it is holding at 72 and my plants seem to have perked up a bit. It may have just gotten too cold in there for them. Checked my levels again and things are pretty much the same-PH 8.0, Ammonia 0.25, Nitrite 2.0-5.0 (slowly coming down) and Nitrate 10-20 (slowly moving up) I think the first time I see my Nitrite NOT that lovely purple color I will have to do the happy dance. As soon as it starts getting purple, I'm thinking "no, no, we want it closer to the blue" but must have patience Cheesy
Thank you all again for your help, it is greatly appreciated.
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