I've forever had heaters in my tanks, assuming they were a necessary part of setups since I know I hate being cold, and fish probably dont like it either. So over the summer, when my heater got a crack in it, I removed mine so it couldnt leak chemicals or start a fire or anything. When I went to buy a new one, the guy at the store suggested I didn't need one since we usually keep the apartment around 74F. He stated the water usually stays a few degrees warmer than the room temperature (I had always thought it would even out to room temp). I usually set my heater between 78-80F and he said that was a tad high anyway.
I went home without a heater and watched the temperature carefully over the next few days. Sure enough, it stayed at 80F. Until now.
My tank is about 4 inches off an interior wall, and we've recently upped the apartment to 75F but my tank's temperature seems to be at 78F now. I dont know if it's in relation to the colder weather, or maybe that I changed the lighting (though I thought I changed it to equivalent lighting....my corals dont seem fond of this one though, so maybe it's not??)
Should I put a heater in? Are my 2 damsels going to like 78F after a year of 80F? What if it keeps dropping? What would warrent the use of a heater?