Keeping the right temperature in your aquarium is vital, and water that's too hot or cold can have disastrous consequences. But what should you think about to ensure you have the right temperatures?
Firstly, you should know that a good range of temperature is 76-80F. Some species require several degrees hotter, depending on what type of fish you have. You should always ask your pet shop what your species of fish need, and make sure that if you do get different fish, that they have the same temperature requirements.
Tropical fish generally need a warmer climate than the non-tropical varieties, and in some cases, you will need a heater as well.
If you do need a heater, make sure that you invest in one of good quality, as an unreliable one can be detrimental to your fishes' health, and could even kill them.
It's all about the placement.
Make sure you place your aquarium in a good spot away from sunlight; otherwise your aquarium could overheat during the summer. The placement is essential not only to avoid the heat but also to make sure it doesn't get too cold.
Make sure you find a place that's not in direct sunlight, not too close any outside doors and not too close to any windows.
You should also be aware of any sudden temperature changes, as that can shock the fish.
The best thing you can do is invest in a good thermometer, one where you can easily see the temperature from all angles.
Check your lights
You need to make sure you understand how your lights work. The lights in your aquarium could impact the temperature of the tank, as they can produce quite a lot of heat throughout the day.
You should make sure you get quality lights that don't get too warm, but if you want to be on the safe side, keep track of the temperature of the water throughout a whole day to see if the temperatures changes. If the water temperature increases too much, you might want to consider getting new lights that are more reliable.
With these key points in mind, you should be able to keep a comfortable and healthy temperature for your fish, giving them the best quality of life possible.