temperate fishtank no heater

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  1. CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

    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. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

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

    Mosquitofish would be a good option.
     
  3. Nicoldeme

    Nicoldeme Valued Member Member

    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!
     




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    CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

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

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    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.
     
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    CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

    Ok, thanks!
     
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    CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

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

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    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.
     
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    CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

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

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Should be fine as long as it doesn't go below that and the change isn't drastic.
     
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    CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

    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. OP
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    CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

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

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    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.
     
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    CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

    okay I'll have to look into that!
     
  15. OP
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    CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

    anything else?
     
  16. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

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    CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

    are platies really temperate?
     
  18. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

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


    Actually, it's 65F. I stand corrected.
     
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    CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

    oh, I didn't know that! :p
     
  20. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

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




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