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08-21-2007, 01:31 PM
OK I have African Cichlids (7 of them) 1 red fin shark & a sucker fish... What should the temp be in the tank?

Pet store says 72-74.. Websites say 76-80..

I'm so confused..


08-21-2007, 01:40 PM
I've seen happy cichlids anywhere from 72-90 degrees F.

I would suggest you aim at about 78-80 though.

08-21-2007, 06:18 PM
African cichlids usually like temperatures in the high 70's to low 80's, but I'd say your safe zone is 75 - 80.

08-22-2007, 07:59 AM
i keep all my tanks about 82 including my african tank witch also has a red tailed shark.

08-22-2007, 11:21 AM
Its up to you. The higher the temp the higher the fishes metabolism. Any where from 70 to 82 would be fine. There are of course expections to these #'s. I keep my tanks at 75. I prefer slightly lower temps, less aggression that way IMO.