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78 F is actually not too hot for a lot of tapdoles even those found in temperate zones... Where you have to pay attention to is that higher temperatures can cause tadpoles to metamorph out at a smaller size... so there can be trade offs but this isn't typically a major difference within a temperature difference of 2-3 degrees.

Tadpoles (and other amphibians) begin to decay rapidly at the time of death and this is sped up by warmer temperatures. It doesn't take a lot of time for a dead tadpole/tadpoles to foul the water. If the container that the tadpoles are doesn't have a good stable biofilm and enough water volume, this can cause a cascade of deaths through issues with water quality and/or bacterial infections (from the massive bloom due to the tadpole's decomposition).

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Hmm reading through the show your tadpole setup alot peiple used the non adjustable 78deg heaters for their setupl plus my setup has been.this way for 6months thats why I cant figure out why they died nothing has changed

Sometimes animals die... there could have been development issues that started in the egg that were not apparent on visual inspection of the tadpoles, there could have been one or two with an infection (bacterial or viral for example)....

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