01-10-2011, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by spammyann
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!