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post #1 of 7 Old 01-10-2011, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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How important is the water temp? I know it's IMPORTANT..as in I dont want it to get COLDER then it is...or BOILING. We moved from FL to PA last April. I never bought a heater for my 50 gal tank and the temp is steady 65 degrees. I keep the house set at no lower then 65. I haven't had any fish die with one exception back around Thanksgiving one of my zebras was stuck to the filter when we got back from vacation. Now the tank sits next to the front door which has glass panes in it.

I'm wondering now that its been COLD for 2-3 months if I even need to both with a heater at this point? The fish aren't dieing though im sure they are uncomfortable. Also I removed all ROCK/GRAVEL back last April when we moved and have nothing in the bottom.

I have 6 Barbs, 3 Zebra, 4" Pleco and 2" Albino Cat.
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How important is the water temp? I know it's IMPORTANT..as in I dont want it to get COLDER then it is...or BOILING. We moved from FL to PA last April. I never bought a heater for my 50 gal tank and the temp is steady 65 degrees. I keep the house set at no lower then 65. I haven't had any fish die with one exception back around Thanksgiving one of my zebras was stuck to the filter when we got back from vacation. Now the tank sits next to the front door which has glass panes in it.

I'm wondering now that its been COLD for 2-3 months if I even need to both with a heater at this point? The fish aren't dieing though im sure they are uncomfortable. Also I removed all ROCK/GRAVEL back last April when we moved and have nothing in the bottom.

I have 6 Barbs, 3 Zebra, 4" Pleco and 2" Albino Cat.
A steady 74 to 76 degrees F would suit the fish you have. At lower temps,nitrifying bacteria don't develop nearly as readily as they do at tropical temps .Also ,,fish become lethargic With cooler temps.Metabolisim slows down as well as digestive process and could possibly make bloating an issue if food does not pass through as it would in warmer temps.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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I'm wondering now that its been COLD for 2-3 months if I even need to both with a heater at this point? The fish aren't dieing though im sure they are uncomfortable. Also I removed all ROCK/GRAVEL back last April when we moved and have nothing in the bottom.

I have 6 Barbs, 3 Zebra, 4" Pleco and 2" Albino Cat.
Yikes. I know I wouldn't want to be uncomfortable if I didn't have to be! Yes, you need a heater. While you think they are simply "uncomfortable" their lives are being seriously shortened by being housed improperly. Heaters aren't that expensive, you really should spring for one. You don't say what type of barbs and I assume the "cats" are cories??? Either way, if this was my tank (and it's not) I'd be maintaining it at a constant 76-78 degrees to keep everybody happy.

PS. I see where 1077 responded before me, I defer to his much more vast experience and change my answer to 74 to 76 degrees!

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-10-2011, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I know their green zone on the thermometer is 70-80 I was just wondering if they will be alright to survive a few more months at 65 degrees.
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I'll look into a heater. I honestly just havent been to the store to even look at one. The fish are on the 'back burner' so to speak. lol
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Yeah I know their green zone on the thermometer is 70-80 I was just wondering if they will be alright to survive a few more months at 65 degrees.

Goldfish are the only fishes I'm aware of that would fair well over extended period with 65 degrees F.
Tropical fishes ,as the name impies,, require tropical temps to remain healthy.

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Yikes. I know I wouldn't want to be uncomfortable if I didn't have to be! Yes, you need a heater. While you think they are simply "uncomfortable" their lives are being seriously shortened by being housed improperly. Heaters aren't that expensive, you really should spring for one. You don't say what type of barbs and I assume the "cats" are cories??? Either way, if this was my tank (and it's not) I'd be maintaining it at a constant 76-78 degrees to keep everybody happy.

PS. I see where 1077 responded before me, I defer to his much more vast experience and change my answer to 74 to 76 degrees!

76 to 78 degrees would suit most fishes but cory's and danios along with many of the tetra species will do much better at slightly lower temps,hence my suggestion of 74 to 76 degrees F.

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