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Old 10-27-2008, 06:52 PM   #11 
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ok but does the water need to be warm? or it can be cold as long as hes in the warm room? the water is FREEZING! so im scared to change the water to warm b/c his body might react wierd to it since hes in such cold cold water.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:55 PM   #12 
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The water temperature needs to be 78 to 80 degrees. If they are cold they will become very lethargic and more prone to disease.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:00 PM   #13 
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hmm ok so do you think that if i switch the cold H2O to warm H2O now while he is still living in the fish bowl that he will be ok? Or is it better to wait til i get the tank? however i probably wont be able to get a tank until next week. What do you all suggest?
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:08 PM   #14 
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Do you mean like warm water from the tap? It would just cool off . Just keep him in the warmest room in the house until you get a tank with a heater.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:22 PM   #15 
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yeh from the tap b/c hes living in a bowl
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:07 AM   #16 
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Theres no point in trying to regulate the temperature by adding warmer water. Then your fish will be under constant stress of temperature swings and you won't always be around to switch the water.
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:11 PM   #17 
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ok i got a tank for him! he seems much happier now!
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:25 PM   #18 
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Question: My tank has a light on it-- do i leave it on all the time or turn it off at night?
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:15 PM   #19 
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Turn it off at night. Fish need the day/night cycle too.
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Old 10-29-2008, 05:56 AM   #20 
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Yayyy I'm so glad you got a tank. what size is the tank? did it come with a heater and filter? Now that you have an actual tank it's critical that you get a test kit, most people like API's liquid master test kit, its tests for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and pH. Now that you have a tank you must cycle it, some people use a fish less cycle, and others use fish. Its a matter of preference because the cycle can be very hard on your fish and some don't make it. You will need to keep a close eye on your tank parameters and if the ammonia or nitrite levels get to high do a water change. I recommend that your changing 15-20% of the water at least every other day, it may take longer for the cycle to finish but your fish doesn't die. Here is a link that tells you everything you need to know about the cycle http://www.fishforum.com/freshwater-...ium-cycle-252/

A cycled tank will read 0ppm Ammonia, 0ppm nitrites, and 5-40ppm nitrates. Nitrates are good so long as they are left in the safe range. from 5 to 40 and 5 being kinda low and 40 being kinda high. So if you notice a lot of nitrates a large water change will solve that problem.
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