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Coldwater Aquarium

 
 
JD3P
 
Reply Sun 12 Dec, 2010 09:03 pm
Hello, I'm looking to start a small cold water aquarium. Right now I have a 1.5 gallon tank with a lid and led light. I used to keep my betta in it before I moved him to a heated tank. I know the small size is not ideal for most fish if any, but I would really like to utilize the tank. I have no problem cleaning a small tank weekly, so that would not be a problem for me. I'm currently trying to see what fish/invertebrates I can place in it. According to the thermometer I set up on the tank my room would keep it at about 50 degrees F. So what exactly could I keep in this tank if anything at all?
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 12 Dec, 2010 09:07 pm
@JD3P,
a shivering claustrophobic goldfish, mebbe.

get a bigger tank.

you don't wanna live in a closet, do you...?

it's 50 degrees in your room...???
JD3P
 
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Reply Sun 12 Dec, 2010 09:15 pm
@Rockhead,
Yes my room is that cold, it doesn't get heat. That is exactly why I came on here to get some answers. I just wanted to see if maybe there is some fish/invertebrate out there that was fine in that temperature and space.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 12 Dec, 2010 09:21 pm
@JD3P,
I don't know right off of any other fish (besides goldfish) that will tolerate the low temps.

I will check with my fish guy and see what he says.

snails would live, but they are kinda boring...

JD3P
 
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Reply Sun 12 Dec, 2010 09:30 pm
@Rockhead,
Thanks. I was thinking goldfish as well but like you said I wouldn't want to live in a closet, and considering they get huge I wouldn't wanna do that. I actually tried putting my current snail in there for about a day, but he became inactive I don't think they tolerate cold well.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 12 Dec, 2010 09:43 pm
@JD3P,
cold is gonna make anything slow down.

that's what they do in nature as well.

but none of the pretty tropical fish survive cold...
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cassiesherry
 
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Reply Tue 14 Dec, 2010 02:02 pm
You could have a few Green Sea Urchins, Sea Squirts, etc. that would do just fine in there at 50 degrees. Go to www.gulfofme.com for ideas for live marine coldwater specimens.
shewolfnm
 
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Reply Tue 14 Dec, 2010 02:50 pm
@cassiesherry,
golfish grow to their environment.

if it lives in 1.5 gallons, thats what it will grow to accommodate.

at those temps, you MIGHT be able to get a texas cichlid.. but that is a big maybe.
can you put the tank near a window?
you want an ideal LOW temp to be 70. that isnt too hard with sun heat..
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