How do you keep goldfish cool in the summer?
We have a 5.5 gallon tank with two twin-tailed goldfish in it. (After we bought the goldfish we found out how big they can get and that they are going to need a much larger home very soon - oops.) We live in California and have no air conditioning, and as the weather is warming up, so is the tank water! Normally goldfish enjoy an environment around 68 degrees, so I am told, and today the temperature spiked to 80. The poor things must be suffering, but I don't know what to do to keep them cool. I have heard of chillers, but this odd-shaped, small little plastic tank cannot accommodate one, and I am also told that a chiller is quite costly.
Thanks for any advice!
use ice cubes or keep your house cool without turning on the aquarium heater. i too live in cali, in the northern region and let me tell you the valley is a difficult place to keep a tank up and running at a normal temperature without having to cough up some serious dough. but investing in a cooler is not a bad idea, maybe even a life saver(literaly), but i stick with the cubes and the air conditioner.
If you have airpumps, be sure to switch them on. Rising temperature levels will reduce the oxygen level. Goldfish are large oxygen consumers.
Two methods that might help:
1. Freeze a coke bottle filled with 2/3 volume of the water.
2. Put ice cubes in freezer bags.
I've used Polar-Pacs placed in ziploc bags too.
Sealed up they keep some air surrounding the Polar-Pac so it floats.
Thanks for the advice! Yes, I have an extra air stone in there in addition to the filter/aerator. They just seemed happier with the extra oxygen. I will freeze the coke bottle today.
Here's to happier goldfish! :D
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