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On 7/29/2021 at 7:17 PM, Scott Stevenson said:

Im considering starting a Mbuna tank, Ive been reading up and see that it is recommended to keep them in the high 70's temp range. I live in Minnesota but keep my house about 70 degrees year around. Are the high 70's absolutely mandatory? 

 you could probly get away with 75 but I would go no cooler than that

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I heat my fish room to around 78 degrees, and my mbuna tanks are usually between 74 and 76 depending on the season and I haven't had any issues so far.  Most of my tanks are a little below room temp, my guess is natural evaporative cooling, so your tanks might be in the upper 60's if you heat to 70.  

Just my opinion, but I don't think it would be a good idea.  They might survive, but It would be a considerable stress factor, so if there is aggression, sickness, or water quality issues then the results would compound.  I would use a heater if possible, I think you would have a better experience.

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