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post #1 of 7 Old 01-16-2010, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, :), Im sorry this isnt a "Tropical" Freshwater fish, but i was wondering if i can keep them in a totally unheated tank? At night in the winter it drops down to 40 in my house (Not the tank water). Will they be ok? Thanks :))
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-16-2010, 10:16 AM
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I've known people to keep them in with a heater set for 69 degrees...that way it won't drop too far down. From what I understand, it's also the easiest way...hope that helps!

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Im no expert on goldifish but they prefer temps around 68 degrees. However I think they can stand temperatures a few degrees above freezing for short periods of time but im not sure. I know alot of people that keep goldfish in ponds outside and during the winter it can get extremely cold so I would say yes for short periods of time.

But I would wait until someone more experienced responds.
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I've known people to keep them in with a heater set for 69 degrees...that way it won't drop too far down. From what I understand, it's also the easiest way...hope that helps!
This would be what I recommend as well. I actually keep our goldfish tanks right around 70 :)

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-16-2010, 10:21 PM
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I would invest in a heater....why make them suffer with colder water?? the constant temperature change can't be good for them.....

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For fancy goldfish, 68 degrees Fahrenheit is the lowest I would allow. They are more intolerant to temperature extremities compared to singletails. Fancies prefer their temperature a tad warmer. 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit is quite appropriate. If your room temperature falls below 68, get heaters. Keep the heaters in turbulent areas to distribute the heat evenly. Allow 3-4 watts per gallon total based on the room temperature you have.

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Hello, :), Im sorry this isnt a "Tropical" Freshwater fish, but i was wondering if i can keep them in a totally unheated tank? At night in the winter it drops down to 40 in my house (Not the tank water). Will they be ok? Thanks :))
OMG THATS FREAKEN COOOOOOLD!!!!!!! My house never goes below 65!

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