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spammyann 01-10-2011 10:17 AM

Water Temp
 
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.

1077 01-10-2011 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by spammyann (Post 555847)
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.

aunt kymmie 01-10-2011 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by spammyann (Post 555847)
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! :-)

spammyann 01-10-2011 10:33 AM

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.

spammyann 01-10-2011 10:37 AM

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

1077 01-10-2011 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by spammyann (Post 555854)
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.

1077 01-11-2011 01:02 AM

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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 555853)
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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