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

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by smallfries, May 24, 2018.

  1. smallfries

    smallfriesNew MemberMember

    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?
    Last edited: May 24, 2018
  2. Goldiemom

    GoldiemomWell Known MemberMember

    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

    DarkOneWell Known MemberMember

    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

    smallfriesNew MemberMember

    Great, thanks for the tip!
  5. H Farnsworth

    H FarnsworthValued MemberMember

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

    RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    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

    smallfriesNew MemberMember

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

    McasellaFishlore VIPMember

    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.

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