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post #1 of 3 Old 09-02-2010, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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My 45 gallon is almost ready for fish! I am a totally impatient person so waiting for the water to balance out has been frustrating as heck. But I tested the water today and got 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 40 nitrate. I still can't have fish for a couple of weeks because I need to decorate it with hiding places for them. I'm going to stock it with mollies and platies, maybe even a couple of guppies.


I do have a question, though. What would be the ideal temperature for those three species? I have the temperature gauge on the heater set as low as it will go, 68. Right now the thermometer reads about 75 degrees, and it can get up to 78 in the afternoon, even warmer depending on the temperature outside and when I turn my air conditioner on. Is this too hot for these types of fish or will they be ok?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-03-2010, 12:29 AM
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My 45 gallon is almost ready for fish! I am a totally impatient person so waiting for the water to balance out has been frustrating as heck. But I tested the water today and got 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 40 nitrate. I still can't have fish for a couple of weeks because I need to decorate it with hiding places for them. I'm going to stock it with mollies and platies, maybe even a couple of guppies.


I do have a question, though. What would be the ideal temperature for those three species? I have the temperature gauge on the heater set as low as it will go, 68. Right now the thermometer reads about 75 degrees, and it can get up to 78 in the afternoon, even warmer depending on the temperature outside and when I turn my air conditioner on. Is this too hot for these types of fish or will they be ok?
The fish you mentioned need hard alkaline water with pH between 7.5 and 8.0. The mollies and guppies would prefer warm temps of 78 to 82 degrees F while the platy's prefer cooler water with temps between 72 and 75 degrees F in my opinion.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-03-2010, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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The tap water that I use has a naturally high pH. Every time I test the tank it is this pH 7.6 high range pH 7.8. My platies seem to do just fine with warmer temperatures. A while ago I had to raise the temp up into the eighties to fight off an outbreak of ich, and they didn't seem bothered by it, especially after I added the air stone. Now that the temperature is back down to 75 I've removed the air stone and they're still doing fine. Thank you for the response. It was helpful.
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