Aquarium Thermometer: What is it?

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An aquarium thermometer measures the temperature of water for aquatic organisms. Various types exist, including digital and non-digital, and they are essential for maintaining a specific temperature range to keep the organisms alive. They consist of a temperature sensor and a means of expressing temperature in an easily readable way. They can prevent harm to aquatic plants and animals caused by temperature fluctuations.

An aquarium thermometer is a device used to measure the temperature of an enclosure used to keep aquatic organisms. There are many types of aquatic plants and animals that can only survive in a specific temperature range. People who wish to keep such organisms in their homes or in an environment that allows for public viewing typically need to maintain this specific temperature range to keep them alive. Various heating and cooling devices are used to maintain the water temperature. An aquarium thermometer is used to ensure that these devices keep the water at the correct temperature.

An aquarium thermometer can come in several forms, although most consist of two main parts: the temperature sensor and a means of expressing temperature in a meaningful way. The sensor is the part of the thermometer that reacts in some way to changes in temperature. The other main part of the aquarium thermometer must be able to express the sensor reaction in an easily readable way. The end result is that you are able to see a relatively accurate temperature reading. Also, an aquarium thermometer generally needs to be waterproof, as it will generally be underwater.

Digital thermometers, mercury thermometers and other forms of thermometers can be used in aquariums. A mercury aquarium thermometer or similar form of non-digital thermometer can often be secured inside an aquarium with a suction cup. Sometimes, such thermometers can simply float on the surface of the aquarium. Digital thermometers, on the other hand, often have a display and sensor separated by a relatively long cable. The sensor is placed in the water while the display is held out of the water; this prevents the display from suffering water damage and makes it easier to read.

Thermometers are generally considered an essential aspect of any temperature sensitive aquarium setup. Aquarium heaters and coolers are usually capable of maintaining correct temperatures, but malfunctions, power outages, and ambient temperature fluctuations can affect the temperature of the aquarium. The presence of an aquarium thermometer allows the individual who takes care of the aquarium to respond to problematic temperature changes. In some cases, the thermometer may have an alarm that sounds when the temperature drops to dangerously low levels. Proper use of an aquarium thermometer can prevent aquatic plants and animals from being harmed by their environmental conditions.

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