What would you do?

12 years 4 weeks ago #945 by dragonkeeper
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I would think that keeping the tank at 70 to 75 for 2 weeks would be just fine. Especially considering that you are not going to be feeding.

Before you leave I would do one last major water change 60 to 70 percent and then start lowering the temp slowly over a few days. Then when you come back slowly raise the temp over a few days back to the regular operational temp. I would also do another major water change as soon as possible to reduce the nitrates or any other toxins (ammonia, nitrites) that could be in the water.

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12 years 4 weeks ago #938 by Jack
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Jack -- don't underestimate the value of tank insulation. Glass leaks heat like crazy. If you add 1/2" styrofoam insulation all around . . . and underneath if you can . . . and only leave the front glass open, your heaters will work a lot better.


An excellent suggestion.  That wouldn't work for this tank.  Its a small display in my HS classroom, but it's an excellent suggestion for my other tanks.

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12 years 1 month ago #934 by forumadmin
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Jack -- don't underestimate the value of tank insulation. Glass leaks heat like crazy. If you add 1/2" styrofoam insulation all around . . . and underneath if you can . . . and only leave the front glass open, your heaters will work a lot better.

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12 years 1 month ago #912 by Jack
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Problem solved.  I found an old heater.  I'll run it with two through the winter.

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12 years 1 month ago #865 by rm-slover
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i think that if you are worried about the nitrogen cycle when you pull the fish you may just substitute the cichlids for something like guppies or White Cloud Mountain Minnows. If you pull the cichlids and replace them with cheap fish you'll keep the nitrogen cycle alive.  with white clouds you shouldnt need to have to worry about the temperature either since they are cold water fish.

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12 years 1 month ago #855 by Jack
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I know a heater would do the trick, but I was thinking about switching fish.  Would I have to recycle after two weeks?  I would rather not have to run out and buy another heater.

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12 years 1 month ago #818 by nuth88
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Totally Concur~

A New heater would do the trick......

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12 years 1 month ago #790 by dragonkeeper
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If they are cichlids (mouth breeders) then you dont have to feed them for that time. As long as the temp is lower then the fish will slow down and they will be fine.


Agreed. They should be just fine for 2 weeks.

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12 years 1 month ago #788 by redzebra24
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If they are cichlids (mouth breeders) then you dont have to feed them for that time. As long as the temp is lower then the fish will slow down and they will be fine.

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12 years 1 month ago #785 by MbunaMan25
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Yep buy a new heater 74-76 would be fine, the colors will drab out and the fish will slow down, but that is correctable, as soon as the warm up again. How are you going to feed them?

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