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Old 04-11-2011, 05:49 PM   #1 
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Stressed fish

Due to an unfortunate heater malfunction that had the tank water pushing the high 80s this morning my fish seems stressed.

I woke up this morning and the tank temp was way too high so i unplugged the heater and added some cold water to the tank to bring the temp down. I checked on it around noon and the temp had dropped to around 80 and my fish was swimming around fine. I came home from work and the temp is at about 78 right now and the fish looks like he's starting to get stress stripes on his body. It looks like two stripes horizontal on his sides but only the back part near his tail fin are looking a little black.

I shut off his light and have decided not to feed him tonight. I was planning on doing a water change to get the temp under control but since he's already stressed enough and the temp is fine now i'm thinking i'll skip it until tomorrow.

Is there anything else i can do?

Also i went to buy a replacement heater for the 'broken' one and when i got it home the wire is only about 2ft long, it won't reach the plug. this will be the 3rd heater i'll be returning to the store.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:43 PM   #2 
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Due to an unfortunate heater malfunction that had the tank water pushing the high 80s this morning my fish seems stressed.

I woke up this morning and the tank temp was way too high so i unplugged the heater and added some cold water to the tank to bring the temp down. I checked on it around noon and the temp had dropped to around 80 and my fish was swimming around fine. I came home from work and the temp is at about 78 right now and the fish looks like he's starting to get stress stripes on his body. It looks like two stripes horizontal on his sides but only the back part near his tail fin are looking a little black.

I shut off his light and have decided not to feed him tonight. I was planning on doing a water change to get the temp under control but since he's already stressed enough and the temp is fine now i'm thinking i'll skip it until tomorrow.

Is there anything else i can do?

Also i went to buy a replacement heater for the 'broken' one and when i got it home the wire is only about 2ft long, it won't reach the plug. this will be the 3rd heater i'll be returning to the store.
He may be in shock from the temperature change. It seems that he experienced too many temp fluctuations too fast.
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:17 AM   #3 
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I also think that temperature dropped too fast. I would suggest to get the heater as fast as you can.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:19 AM   #4 
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He may be in shock from the temperature change. It seems that he experienced too many temp fluctuations too fast.
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I also think that temperature dropped too fast. I would suggest to get the heater as fast as you can.
I know he's stressed/shocked because the temp changed too fast, i wanted to know if there's anything i should or shouldn't do. Should i feed him as normal? put his light on as normal? Things like that.

I did go to get a new heater last night and the one i bought won't work with my tank, it's wire is too short. So i'll go again tonight to replace it.
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Well you have added cold water in your tank and that's what brought temperature down a lot faster. I would have just taken the heater out and left it slowly adjust closer to room temperature. Feed him as usual and maybe use extension cord for your current heater until you get new one.
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