Has Anyone's Platies/tetras Survived Higher Temps? Question

  1. smallfries

    smallfries New Member Member

    I recently upgraded to a 55 gallon hex aquarium and have 6 Von Rio Flame tetras and 3 Green Lantern platies. Since this is the first summer I'll had a tank at this house, I forgot how hot it gets. We only have a swamp cooler, so during the summer when it's 100+ degrees outside, it will be about 85 inside, so there's no practical way that I can keep the water temp down. My question is, should I expect these fish to kick the bucket (Tetra's max temp is about 82, platy 79) or have you found yours to be okay?
  2. Goldiemom

    Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    Mine survived 2 weeks of 86F during ich treatment but that is the only time they have lived in temps that high. Let's see what others say. Good luck!
  3. DarkOne

    DarkOne Well Known Member Member

    The higher temp doesn't kill them right away, it just shortens their lifespan. Keep the tank well aerated with an air stone when the temps get that high and they should be fine. Warm water carries less oxygen.

  4. OP

    smallfries New Member Member

    Great, thanks for the tip!
  5. H Farnsworth

    H Farnsworth Valued Member Member

    Would putting ice in the tank be a viable option?
  6. Rtessy

    Rtessy Well Known Member Member

    Ice itself could work if it's dechlorinated water. Another option would be using frozen water bottles as they last longer, or little laptop fans.
  7. OP

    smallfries New Member Member

    It might be a temporary fix, but when it's hot for several months... that's a lot of ice!
  8. Mcasella

    Mcasella Fishlore VIP Member

    A fan or a chiller are your next options, but they should be able to handle a seasonal swing - I would unplug your heater if you have one in the tank.