Can I run my tank at 24C?

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  1. Matt

    Matt MASA Contributor

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    My new PICO tank is lit by bright LED lights that emit almost no heat at all. As a result even in summer I need a heater else the tank will sit at 22-23C. I have set the heater to 25C but I was wondering, can I run it at a constant 24C? That way there will be slighltly less evaporation (so I only need to refill bunny waterbottle ATO once every 5 days) ;)
     
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    Quinton Smarty-pants Newbie

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    24C is fine, in fact what Julian Sprung specifically recommends (rather than 26C that most people seem to run theirs at). He gives many, well researched reasons for his preference in his book.

    Your challenge with the pico is going to be keeping the temperature constant, as the surface area to volume ratio for small tanks is much larger than for big ones.

    Although if you're managing to keep it below 25C you're doing very well. Something Julian suggested, which I thought quite cunning, is to place the small tank on a surface with a high thermal co-efficient (he used a big marble window sill), which makes a huge difference.

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    I can't see it being a problem, as long as it stays stable with no sudden temp swings.
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    Matt Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Awesomely this PICO is on "stilts" so I think because none of the tank is really contacting the supporting surface it is easy for me to keep temps down :)
     
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    24 degrees is 100% fine. Your lifestock will get used to this temp without any problems....
     
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    Agreed. Your corals will grow a little slower, but that's actually desirable in such a small tank. You might just need to acclimatise your livestock a little slower, but that's neither here nor there.

    Keeping the water temperature stable is most important, though.

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    I've noticed it will vary from 24-25C throughout the day. Thats cool though :)
     
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