View Full Version : start-up viquarium

01-10-2010, 04:24 PM
I am new to Aquarium Community and I am planning to set up a viquarium. My tank is a 20H. I plan to keep it at the ambient temperature... mid 60s(F) in the winter, and as warm as it gets in a central IL summer (into the upper 80s(F) maybe?) Whatever goes in needs to be hardy-- we're pretty Darwinian around here. Ideas and suggestions welcome!


01-10-2010, 04:33 PM
Firebelly toads are your only option but I must warn that even they wont thrive in temps that low.It is very simple to add a small heater to the water part to keep them warm and healthy.I had a set up like that for a year or so in my cold house and it worked well and cheaply.Darwinian is fine for your own sake,dont push that on animals you dont have to keep.

01-10-2010, 05:18 PM
The only thing I can suggest is to look into different newts and salimanders. Other reptiles and amphibians need more heat. If you don't supply the righ heat to these animals they will not be able to function righ and can not diestest thier food. But alot of newt/salermanders need cooler temps. So they may work out. There is also a very cool frog called the Malaysian horned frog(megophrys nasuta) That does well in lower temps, high 60's to mid 70's. But they are not the easiest to care for. If you have never had any amphibians before I wouldn't start out with these guys.

01-11-2010, 12:07 AM
Thanks for the thoughts. I completely agree with the comments on being Darwinian... we don't even take potted plants we won't treat appropriately. If I keep the land portion small and "in plants", are there no fish that might do well in the water portion? I had considered pygmy sunfish, but not sure I could do right by their feeding needs, among other things. E.g., any small native fish anybody has kept that might do OK? Anybody have experience with stickle-backs? (Read Conrad Lorenz back in 7th grade and was intrigued then, but I've never seen stickle-backs in tanks around here.) (A heater isn't out of the question, either, but it's not my first choice.)

Thanks again for the good advice.

01-12-2010, 08:19 PM
Pygmy sunnies are pretty picky eaters. You will need live foods. Plus they tend to do best when trown in a tanks that is so stuffed full of plants you can't even see them. They may be fine in low temps.

If you are looking for similar sized fish, Hederandria formosa may work (if they don't eaten by what else you are putting in there). They will likely do fine in the lower temps.

Sticklebacks are a good choice - you'll need frozen foods (bloodworms), but they do very well in aquaria.

There are numerous other killies (bluefin, rainwater, etc) killies that are very cool, but unless you live where they are , you may have trouble getting our hands on them. Many ghost shrimp tanks are littered with bluefin killies every once in a while.