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but you also have a very large group, so it would be reasonable to expect them to hide less and come out earlier (I saw this with my group, naturally much smaller than yours -- adding 4 more large animals shifter the activity time to perhaps 4pm from 7pm). So... maybe this is not about temperature.
If your 86f is because of the weather in your part of the world rather than a heater set to 86f, I'd just leave it this way. The fish should be fine, they will grow faster ... and age faster, but this is not such a big concern.
Recently I had to move my clown loaches to another tank. They went bananas hyper. It's more like they were stressed rather than anything so sometimes too much activity outside normal hours may not be such a good sign. They did settle in a few days and went back to normal.
Otherwise, whether 75 or 80, my clown loaches are active very early morning/night time until about lunch/afternoon when lights come on. They do come out at lights on often enough but not as much as other times. In this range of temperature I see no difference in health or behaviour and it has baffled me as they were just fine at 75 for quite a few months, as active as they are now at 82. I think they aren't as sensitive to temperature as some think.
Daylights and heaters switch off at 21:00. In the morning, temp has slowly dropped down to 23,5°C/74°F.
I started doing this when i lost some fish and shrimps during a heat stroke, while we were away a few days. It alows cooling at night, but also, it seems to be pleasing the tanks inhabitants well. All fish are very active in the morning, including the clowns. And, just maybe/possibly/theoretically/in my mind, it slows disease too.
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