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    In my old house, and as a kid, I had a well so I never dealt with city water before. It shocked me on my first water change on this tank that the temperature of the water coming out of my sink was 76 degrees. I guess I never thought about how city water isn't coming from below ground so it isn't near as cold. Have any of you had it where the water is too warm comming out of your faucet to put in your tank? I'd imagine with some of these 100+ degree areas the water could get pretty warm.

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    Yes. My "cold" tap temp in the summertime can reach as high as 88F.

    I keep my tanks around 77-78F, so adding water that warm during a WC would be devastating to my fish (found out the hard way, long ago)

    To counteract the hot tap temps, I keep frozen water bottles during the summertime, and float them in the tanks as I add fresh water.

    Size of tank/amount of water changed determines how many bottles I use per tank....I like to do large WC's (70% or so), but in the summertime, I can't do that much, not enough frozen water bottles would fit in the tanks, lol...so summertime WC's for me are around 50%
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    water out of tap is coming out at 84 f for me right now and I have hard water. No point in me fighting the temp of the water since it will go back up to arond 83/84. The garage tank stays at 88, but it's well aerated, never had gasping fish

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    Yep, mine comes out at around 84*F, as well.

    My freshwater tanks will jump in temp from the water changes and climb to about 81-82, but I've never had any issues with it. I used to float bags of ice to drop the temps again, but I stopped that as the gradual natural drop from the ambient room temp is probably less stressful than putting bags of ice in the tank.

    My reef tank is a bit different. I don't dare risk a swing in temp. The RODI water is stored in a 14gal barrel where it is mixed to the correct salinity and temperature before it enters the tank.



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    indeed, 80 to 83
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    Yep, mine comes out at around 84*F, as well.

    My freshwater tanks will jump in temp from the water changes and climb to about 81-82, but I've never had any issues with it. I used to float bags of ice to drop the temps again, but I stopped that as the gradual natural drop from the ambient room temp is probably less stressful than putting bags of ice in the tank.

    My reef tank is a bit different. I don't dare risk a swing in temp. The RODI water is stored in a 14gal barrel where it is mixed to the correct salinity and temperature before it enters the tank.
    I think if I had the problem, I'd float pop jugs of ice in the aging container before I add the water to the tank. I agree, up and then down might be stressful? I might be concerned with gas bubble disease if I was adding warmer water, correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    I might be concerned with gas bubble disease if I was adding warmer water, correct?
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    I don't worry about gas bubble disease. I use my Python/microbubble trick for tap water, and with my saltwater tank the water is being aged and splashed around quite a bit in the mixing drum before it ever gets near the tank.



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    I had never heard of GBD, until I unintentionally killed 4 perfectly healthy fish by introducing new water into my tank that was too warm...many others suffered in the tank, it was obvious by watching their behavior, and their shortened lifespans

    I don't worry about GBD either, because it won't happen again in my tanks and to my fish
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    I'm glad my tap water is at 76 after seeing some of yours! I enjoyed my old house since I could just mix my hot and cold water till I had a match. When I use to live with my parents they had a water softener hooked up to the hot water. I didn't want to add that water to my tank so I had to do the 5g bucket method. What a pain! I would boil a pan of water and then fill the rest of the 5g bucket with the well water. That usually got me slightly higher then my tank water, and then I would wait till it cooled to add it to the tank. I'm spoiled now with the python, I'd rather not go back to buckets! Especially since I'm changing 30 to 50g of water on this tank.

    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    I don't worry about gas bubble disease. I use my Python/microbubble trick for tap water, and with my saltwater tank the water is being aged and splashed around quite a bit in the mixing drum before it ever gets near the tank.
    What is your python microbubble trick?

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