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    Question Water temp

    When I do a partial water change, how do I make sure the temperature of the new water is the same as the water in the tank? Should I go out and buy another thermometer?
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    It depends, is your water heated?
    If it's heated, buy another heater, put it in the new water, and set it to the correct temp.

    If not, get the temp of the new water as close as you can to the temp of the tank water when you get it from the sink. Then just leave the water in the same room as the tank for an hour or two. Make sure you feel the water with your fingers to ensure them temperatures are similar. This is what I do and it always seems to work; I have never taken the temperature of the new water. (I've had my tank for about 3 years)
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    Thanks theyellowdart .Yes my tank is heated. Can't I just get the sink water to the right temp by adding/subracting, hot or cold water?
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    All I do is feel the tank water and try to get the sink water the closest that I can. My fish have never been bothered by it. Just try not to put water with an extremely different temperature in. With picky or sensitive fish it might be good to use another heater though.

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    I also have another question. My water temp fluctuates. In the mornings it's at 75-78 and in the daytime it goes to 82. Why? Do I just not know how to use my heater? How can I keep it at 75 and not have it go up? The heater is not on at the moment and it's at 82 right now. I thought when the heater is on and the water reaches the right temp, you turn the heater just enough so the light goes off. Am I doing it wrong? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trapper7 View Post
    Thanks theyellowdart .Yes my tank is heated. Can't I just get the sink water to the right temp by adding/subracting, hot or cold water?
    Yes, you could do that too. I just thought the extra heater would give you a more exact temp.
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    Thanks again, theyellowdart and MidnightSkies.

    Anyone have an answer for my other question?

    "I also have another question. My water temp fluctuates. In the mornings it's at 75-78 and in the daytime it goes to 82. Why? Do I just not know how to use my heater? How can I keep it at 75 and not have it go up? The heater is not on at the moment and it's at 82 right now. I thought when the heater is on and the water reaches the right temp, you turn the heater just enough so the light goes off. Am I doing it wrong? Thanks! "
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    What kind of heater are you using? Some heaters work better at keeping steady temperatures than others. You most likely have a dial on it that you can turn to the temperature you want it at. Are you turning the temperature dial while the heater is on so that it goes off? I'm not exactly sure what you mean there.

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