No fish can survive in a small tank in most houses without proper temperature control - temperatures change too much. In the wild, temperatures for most tropical fish change very little and this takes months. If a fish need cool water you need both a heater and cooling unit or a very large tank that holds temp (ponds are good for goldfish.) Letting cool water fish get hit by daily swings of even two degree's is bad and will harm them in the long run.
Knowledge is fun(damental)
A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.
For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
When you research, it is important to look up many sources and read them all to find common ground. Information about specifics is often different from one source to another. Find credible sources and research thoroughly, don't just read until you find what you want to hear, but find good solid information about the fish you are interested in buying. Use your brain and think, does it make sense that a cold water species would be comfortable long term in tropical temps? How credible could the sources that say this be? After you have gathered all the basic information, read it, and understand it, then ask questions of those who have experience. Several people on this forum are credible sources and there is no reason you can't or shouldn't start, include, or end your research here, but don't forget to do your own research as well.
Originally Posted by Shidohari
One more thing, bodies of water in nature can and do change temperatures very quickly, often several degrees from night to day and back again, but in nature the fish can go deeper to stay in cooler water or come nearer the surface to stay in warmer water. This is why it's important to have a steady temperature in your tank, the fish can't go deeper or surface when needed.
Last edited by mommy1; 01-13-2013 at 05:34 PM.
When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.
When? You have been told this repeatedly and you have replied with this repeatedly.
Originally Posted by Shidohari
When will it happen?
+1 - And excellent point about 'weak stock', It's about as common as Neon Tetra disease IME, Which is to say that it isn't.
Originally Posted by mommy
Ever notice that you only very rarely see it happening to more experienced keepers but it apparently happens to newbs on a semi-regular basis?..
Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.
A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.