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Treebeard
12-07-2014, 05:35 PM
Granted, different SPS prefer different temperature ranges, but I am wondering what those of you with outstanding success in keeping SPS keep your systems at. I do not have a lot of SPS now but am starting to add more. I was running my tank at 77F but decided to increase the temp to 79. I would go as high as 80 but my ViaAqau Titanium heaters default to 79 when they power back up.

Aquattro
12-07-2014, 07:00 PM
IME, 79 works best for me. I've tried everything from 76 to 84, and sitting in the middle gives me the best results.

mrhasan
12-07-2014, 09:34 PM
Damn; looks like I am the only 80 :redface: I have kept the tank anywhere between 78 to 82 without any noticeable difference.

Craigdillman
12-07-2014, 09:54 PM
ya mine is at 81 most Sps reefs in the wild are 79-84 in temperature


http://www.ronshimek.com/salinity_temperature.html


Cool nerdy article if your interested talking about effects of too cold and too warm on corals and growth and survivability

Doug
12-07-2014, 10:08 PM
78 to 79 for me

Slyguy00
12-07-2014, 10:31 PM
77.5 is where mine sits. Never moves more than half a degree

ReEf BoSs
12-07-2014, 11:05 PM
78-80 for me . Never try to go lower than 78 or more than 80( summer) anymore . Except when i went on vacation and it went to 95 . :redface:

saltyair
12-08-2014, 10:42 PM
80 all year long
since we all live in Canada :-) 26.6c

Bblinks
12-08-2014, 11:56 PM
I run my tank cooler at 76, worked for me...but I guess between 76-78 will be good if you don't run a chiller so there is a buffer if ambient temperature gets too high.

Snappy
12-09-2014, 03:32 AM
I voted for 78. My system generally runs anywhere between 76-80 depending on the time of day and the season, etc.

Myka
12-09-2014, 02:18 PM
My old SPS reef used to sit 82-84 and my current mixed reef sits at 78-79 and I see no real difference. I do think the slight temperature difference changes the metabolism of everything in the tank though, so I find tanks are easier to maintain when they are kept under 80.

reefaddik
12-10-2014, 06:01 PM
I run my tank between 75-76 frag tank 74 and seahorse tank 74.

mikellini
12-11-2014, 08:36 AM
I think temperature (within the range of this poll) has a greater impact on fish than corals. Corals will adapt to a variety of temperatures and seasonal temperature swings quite readily, and while their metabolism might increase/decrease depending on temp, it's already quite low in comparison to fish. I think running a high temp is more stressful to fish, both because of higher metabolism and lower dissolved oxygen at higher temps.

I have 8 fish in my 93g cube, and run my temp just below 78.

Craigdillman
12-11-2014, 08:50 AM
I think temperature (within the range of this poll) has a greater impact on fish than corals. Corals will adapt to a variety of temperatures and seasonal temperature swings quite readily, and while their metabolism might increase/decrease depending on temp, it's already quite low in comparison to fish. I think running a high temp is more stressful to fish, both because of higher metabolism and lower dissolved oxygen at higher temps.

I have 8 fish in my 93g cube, and run my temp just below 78.

Fish tho in the wild live in the same place the corals do undergoing the same swings i personally think keeping our reefs as close and possible to " natural " environments as we realistically can is the best thing we can do. There are studies done showing temp thats too low or to high has effects on both corals and fish over long term.
Same as keeping a hermit crab from Vancouver shore in our reef while it will survive some weeks to months and adapt to our tank it isn't suited for the higher temp compared to its natural environment of colder waters, i would assume taking a fish or coral from Indonesia or Hawaii and cooling it down to 78 deg for example would have the same effect.

But all in all there really isn't too many studies out there to back up any of our claims so we are mostly going on opinion and i guess at 1:48 am ( when i should be sleeping not thinking about reef tank temp ) thats my opinion lol :lol: