temperate fishtank no heater

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by CROWNTAILBETTA, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    Coldwater platies?

    Hi, I recently came to own a ten gallon aquarium and I have fallen in love with livebearers, I am not in a financial position to buy a heater for this aquarium so is there a type of fish suitable for my tank? (Maybe variatus platies?)Thanks in advance! :;thx

    Last edited: Jul 4, 2016
  2. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    What's the room temp and is it fairly constant throughout the year?

    Mosquitofish would be a good option.

  3. NicoldemeValued MemberMember

    As long as the room temperature doesn't drop below 72F, platys should be absolutely fine. At one point I had a platy sick with something (I didn't know she had camellanus worms!) so I had to keep her in a tiny plastic container, maybe 1/2 a gallon, with aeration and a rock. The temperature dropped to about 70F at night, but stayed under 74F in the day. As long as it doesn't fluctuate much more than 5 degrees in a day, you'll be fine. And if your trying to get fry to grow, they'll be much slower in cold water than heated.
    Just watch or signs of stress, but I doubt there should be any issues. Platys are strong!

  4. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    I live in florida so we have mosquito fish in local waters if that means anything.
  5. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Make sure it's not illegal to take them. If it's not, take a few males for your tank. I wouldn't get females as you could be overrun and overstocked with fry.
  6. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    Ok, thanks!
  7. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    anything else that would make a good tank mate? thanks! :)
  8. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    For a 10 gal, you're limited on stocking. Snails and inverts would be fine with them. You could do guppies instead of mosquitofish or platies.
  9. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    the coldest it gets here is 60's would a guppy be ok with that? hottest temp is about mid 80's.
  10. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Should be fine as long as it doesn't go below that and the change isn't drastic.
  11. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    Ok! I have a community tank that is heated so if it doesn't work I have a backup plan.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2016
  12. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    Cycled ten gallon tank what fish should I get and how many? I am open to any suggestion.:)
  13. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    In a temperate 10 gallon you should be looking at fish like emerald rasbora, ember tetra or celestial pearl danios. Around ten or twelve of them. Heavily plant the tank, add a few cherry type shrimp, in the color of your choice, and enjoy.
  14. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    okay I'll have to look into that!
  15. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    anything else?
  16. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

  17. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    are platies really temperate?
  18. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    67F is the bottom of their range, so yes.

    Actually, it's 65F. I stand corrected.
  19. CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    oh, I didn't know that! :p
  20. maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    You can click any word that's blue to go to more information.

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