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    Now that summer is here my house is starting to heat up a little. My 90, 55 and 30 gallon temperatures are all fine, but my betta's 5gal just keeps heating up. I took the heater out a few days ago but the reading is still 80 degrees F. How can I keep it cooler? It's not in any direct sunlight or near a source of heat. I'm guessing it has to do with its small size.

    He doesn't seem to be suffering at all but I'm worried 80 is a tad high.

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    He should do fine at 80F. If you are worried you can always get a little fan to blow over the tank.
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    Would it be a bad idea to drop an ice cube in there? With some dechlor, of course.

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    I wouldn't do that. The temp will end up going up and down and stress the fish. 80 is ok for bettas.
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    Okiedoke, thanks a lot. I'll just keep an eye on the temperature and for any signs of distress.

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    80 is perfectly fine for a betta. I had one in the low 80's (stupid non-adjustable mini heater) and he was feisty as all could be. Unless it's gets really high I wouldn't try to adjust it, as a fluctuating temperature is more stressful than a high one.
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    The fan idea is a good one, I been doing this each summer. Walmart usually has small clip on fans fairly cheap. Just put it on the side of the tank, you'll have a bit more evaporation but the fan should take the tank down a few degrees.

    A larger tank would be good also, more water volume. Oh also in summer I change around the lighting schedule, so the lights go on later in the evening when it is cooler.

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    Another idea, take a plastic bottle and add dechlorinated water to it, then freeze it. You can float the bottle in the tank. Dechlorinated water in the bottle just in case it leaks.

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    I don't there is any need to worry. Our betta's wild equivalent thrives in places much hotter than Buffalo NY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korith
    Another idea, take a plastic bottle and add dechlorinated water to it, then freeze it. You can float the bottle in the tank. Dechlorinated water in the bottle just in case it leaks.
    I was going to recommend this method too...in case of an extremely hot day...

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