Temperature changes greatly influence tropical aquarium fish, so it is essential to have good temperature control in order to keep your fish comfortable and healthy.
We can divide fish into two types, coldwater and tropical. However, what makes a fish tropical, and what temperature do they need? The term tropical is determined when water temperatures are above 69 Fahrenheit or 20 degrees Celsius. So, tropical fish live in waters that are above 69 Fahrenheit or 20 Celsius year-round. Tropical fish can be divided further into those who like the mid-20s, high 20s, or low 20s Celsius.
Most hardy tropical fish, including catfish, livebearers, cichlids, gouramis, rasboras, barbs, and tetras, can tolerate a lower and upper range of approximately 5 Celsius outside of their preferred temperature. Even though these temperatures can be tolerated by the fish, they should still be avoided when it is possible since long-term exposure to this temperature can be the cause of detrimental or fatal consequences.
Humans can easily adjust to changing temperatures. When it is cold, you can snuggle under a blanket, bask in the sun, bundle up in cozy layers, or turn on the furnace. When it is hot, we can just stay in a shady area, take a cool drink, choose lightweight clothing, or turn on an air conditioner or fan.
However, when it comes to fish, they don’t have the ability to do these things. The only environment they have is their tank, and the temperature in their tank is essential for their health and well-being. Minor fluctuations in the temperature can be handled by most aquarium fish. But, if the temperature changes too quickly or too drastically, different types of problems can happen.
Some of the problems that can happen are: changing the breeding readiness of the fish, impacting the metabolism of the fishes, which will impact their feeding needs, changes in the oxygenation levels of the water, illness, and fatalities might happen due to the great bacteria growth, and plant decay or algae growth can change the tank’s chemical balance.
Tips for Maintaining Proper Temperature
Following, we are going to discuss several ways on how to maintain proper temperature in your fish tank.
Many fish-keepers who are beginners don’t know that the temperature of the tank can depend on where the tank is placed. Make sure you avoid placing your fish tank near fireplaces, heating and air conditioning vents, exterior doorways, sunny windows, and drafter areas that can affect the temperature of the water.
Make sure you use a good quality heather that is fit for your tank size. More than one heater might be needed for large aquariums. For the best results, position your heater in the middle of your tank. This will keep the temperature of the tank as stable as possible.
Keep the water level constant. Naturally, the water evaporates from the fish tank, even if the tank has a lid. The temperature can fluctuate more easily if the water level drops. The temperature can also dramatically change if you add a large amount of water to the tank all at once. This is why water that is added should be conditional and properly balanced. When performing water exchanges, match the replacement water’s temperature as close as you can to your aquarium.
Make sure that there is proper circulation around your heater so there can be even heat distribution. By doing this, you will also extend the lifetime of the heater.
If your home tends to get very hot, it might be a wise choice to add a chiller to your fish tank. A chiller will act as air conditioning for your fish. Choose the best chiller you can find according to your budget, and make sure that you are choosing a chiller that is suitable for the size of your tank.
Check the product warranties that you get for your aquarium. Poor manufacturing can cause product failure, in turn destroying your carefully created aquatic environment and harming your fish.
How UbiBot SP1 Can Help?
The UbiBot SP1 can detect the water temperature in the breeding pond and automatically switch on the heating unit once the temperature falls below the needed temperature for the normal growth of tropical fish.
The UbiBot SP1 is made out of polycarbonate and flame-retardant ABS material. When it comes to network support, it supports 4G and GPRS. The maximum power is 3.5 KW Max, and the working voltage is 240V.
The smart plug is widely used in smart homes, storage, industry, agriculture, and other scenarios. Users are able to monitor real-time conditions, and there’s no need for users to be on the spot.
The Smart Plug SP1 can be connected to a mobile network or Wi-Fi. The data collected by external sensors and devices can be uploaded in real-time and can be accessed from different devices like tablets, smartphones, and computers that have an internet connection.