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wmich1120 05-23-2007 12:23 PM

What did I forget?
Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum. Back in college we had a huge tank that we kept a couple of fish in. But, since I'm from West coast I couldn't exactly take my fish or afford take any of it with me.

Anyway, long story short, I bought a 20 gallon the other day because I miss having an aquarium around. I rinsed the gravel and intend to finish filling it and running it through the filter tonight. I know that I need to get a thermometer to check the temp.

I feel that I forgot something though. I live in Orange County and it's been rather warm with summer just about here. In Michigan we definatly needed one, but I don't know a whole lot about fish keeping in the warmer states. Do I need to get a heater? Is there something that I need to look into to help keep my tank from getting too warm?

Thanks so much!

leifthebunny 05-23-2007 12:28 PM

If your average room temp is 72-80, a heater won't be required. You might need a chiller if hotter or heater if less. Though in lieu of chiller, an A/C unit might be better so you can be cooler. :P

wmich1120 05-23-2007 02:50 PM

I wish, I live in a historic house and I am not allowed to get a window A/C unit (per the lovely agreement in the lease) Which is what worries me, I'm going to have to do some major temp recordings/monitoring before I start putting fish in there. Until I move to a place that I can have an A/C at least. :lol:

Thanks for the advice!! Now I have a temp range to keep in mind.

leifthebunny 05-23-2007 03:38 PM

Well, depending on the fish you intend on keeping, some fish prefer it hotter (such as discus).

wmich1120 05-23-2007 05:04 PM


I really want to get another Pink Convict, i'm also doing research on what kind of fish would be able to be in the same tank as a Pink Convict. So any suggestions there would rock! :lol:

squiggles1 05-23-2007 05:52 PM

i know this probably isn't super recommended but if your water gets to hot, when i was a kid we would put some ice and cold water in a bag and float it in the tank to help bring the temp back down. mind you, you have to watch it. it did it gradually so i don't really think it to be harmful. but i'm not 100% sure plus it's only a temporary fix.

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