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    Just an update on this thread. I did buy another heater, an adjustable one and I have it set for 76F and it STILL goes up to 83F (sometimes almost to 85F)! I really don't know what to do about it, I just hope the fish don't get sick because of it. I was hoping an adjustable one would work, but I guess I just wasted my money getting a new heater
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    That's odd... unless your home is that warm all the time. I seriously doubt you'd keep it that high, though. You're from Canada (and a Hungarian Goulash!). Maybe do an even exchange on another heater?

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    If the temps go up too high, try wrapping an ice pack around part of the tank for a minute as a last ditch effort.
    It usually works on my tank.
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    Trapper,
    you had already determined that the temp fluctuation was not because of the heater..it was because of the lights..so why did you get a new heater to solve the problem that wasn't caused by the old heater?

    Can you move the lights farther away from the tank? or are they built into the hood?

    if they are built into the hood, you should use lower wattage lights, or leave the lights on for less time..or both..

    personally I would do both..you dont have live plants in the tank right?
    the fish dont care about the brightness of the lights..

    if you have incandescents, can you switch to fluorescents?
    they give off much less heat..
    if your lights are raising the temp that high that fast, you have WAY more light than you need..

    what kind of bulbs are in the hood?
    incandescents?
    what wattage and how many?
    and how long do you leave them on each day?

    Scot

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    Scottychaos: I have no idea why I got another heater. I guess cause I'm an idiot and thought it would solve the problem, lol. I am using two 120V 15W incandescent bulbs. The light is built into the hood so I can't move them higher. I have them on all day, from 7am-8pm. Nope I don't have real plants. I just took out one of the bulbs, so I'll see if that helps, it should though. I'll go get some fluorescent bulbs this weekend. I just didn't think 2 15W bulbs would do this!
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    well..15 watt is pretty small..
    I doubt you will find bulbs of less wattage than that..
    so you really cant generate less heat from the bulbs themselves..(unless you can find a fluorescent substitute that will fit the hood..which might be difficult.)

    if you cant find fluorescents, just keep the lights off then you arent home!
    the fish wont care..

    before I had live plants, I only had my tank lights on 5-10pm, while I was home in the evenings to
    enjoy the tanks..if I wasnt home, lights stayed off.

    (without live plants) the lights are only for the human's benefit..
    the fish dont care if the lights are on or off..it makes no difference to them.
    and it sounds like in your case, the fish would do better with less light..(because of the heat)

    Scot

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    Thanks Scot. I'm home 24-7, but I'll still keep the lights off and I'll turn them on around 5. Good idea
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    Just another update on this. So far it's going well I've been keeping the lights off until 5pm and I also took out one of the bulbs, so when it is on, it's just one. The highest it will go now is 80F, but for most of the day it's at 78F. Thanks for the advice!
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