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Vicloz2006
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Heat?
« on: May 25, 2012, 08:21:29 PM »

Can heat kill fish and/or snails? It has been unusually hot here these last few days and I have been doing small water changes everyday so the water wouldn't get too warm but I missed one this morning as I has to go to work, went to do one before I went to sleep and noticed my bladder snail that is in the 28 litre tank was on her back and not moving, I beleive she is dead as she is normally incredibly active, could it have been the heat? The apple snail in that tank also seems to be a bit subdued but the platy's seem normal. If it is the heat how can I counter act it?
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2012, 11:32:25 PM »

lol..still got the heating on here

Heat can be an issue with small tanks; It is the sudden variation in temperatures which causes harm. I have a heater in my tank to counter-act sudden night-time swings......keep the tanks away from sunlight, radiators, ovens etc..
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2012, 05:37:28 AM »

Yeah they are in my bedroom so no ovens, they are near a radiator but it is never switched on and near the windows but I never open my curtains. Should I keep doing small water changes everyday just to cool the water down a bit?
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2012, 06:06:56 AM »

I think that the snail in all probability died of old age....what is the tank temp ? I suppose you could stick in some "plastic" ice-cubes, if it climbs over 80F...fat chance ..lol
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2012, 09:03:51 AM »

I don't think you need to be so worried about temperature, fish live in nature, and in nature, the temperature changes a few times every year. If there isn't anything that could have a sudden impact on temperature around, I think you should just continue with normal weekly water changes as if nothing happens. I've done so all my life so far and I haven't had any fish die/get sick because of warmer weather Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2012, 09:15:23 AM »

Ok thanks guys. I don't think it could be old age I have only had her a few months and the other one I got at the same time is still fine and he was bigger than her. Could she have exhausted herself with laying so many eggs do you think? Or is that just st*pid?
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2012, 06:05:05 AM »

Vic, my bladder snails have been absolutely fine with this heat, at least I can't see any empty shells around.
I have had some of my bladder snails die in the past, at varying ages and I still don't know why those one's died, when everything was fine.

Overall I've had 10 snails die, in the 6 or 7 months that I've had them. Some of the shells are large, so it could be age. Some of them are quite small, so it could be that as young snails, perhaps they were out competed for food in some way. I just honestly don't know!

I wouldn't worry too much about it at this stage, if water quality is good and everyone else seem's okay Smiley
I have just altered my tank and care in accordance, so giving them a nicer prettier tank and adding Cuttle fish to supplement calcium, making sure there is always a source of food in the tank, so I know the little one's will have chance to eat Smiley

I'm possibly going to sort out a filter for the little guys as well!
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2012, 12:39:34 PM »

Well I put another one of my bladder snails in the night I thought she had died (she had died) and to start with he was one when I woke up in the morning there was clearly something wrong and my apple snail didn't look to happy either, so I moved them both into my 15litre snail tank and within a few hours they were fine again. I noticed the water in my 28 litre was a little warm wheras the 15 litre was cold. My fish in the 28 seem fine. But even they are happier if I take a bit of water out and some cooler water so I don't know. It could be something else wrong with the tank. I am worried at the moment as there is ment to be a thunder storm tonight and two years ago when we had nice weather and then storms I lost 4 fish. Sad
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2012, 03:33:20 AM »

Have you tested the water?
It might also be as simple as a lack of oxygen in the tank during hotter weather. Try to adjust the spraybar/outtake of your filter and see if that helps making the surface move more Smiley
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 05:28:11 AM »

Vicloz, in regards to the ice cubes, if you really think the water is getting to warm, you can freeze some tank water in old butter or marge containers and put one in the tank on hot days, I do this for my outdoor fish tanks (which are really old converted concrete stock watering troughs). I'm in Aus and gets bloody hot here in summer and it seems to help a bit. Cheers
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 06:07:43 AM »

I heard that chilling the water too much could promote breeding. Is this true?

I wouldn't worry if it was true Vicloz because your only putting in a peice of ice.
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2012, 02:47:30 AM »

Goldfish breed when there's a change in temperature from cold to warm, meaning spring. So to some extent it might be true, however I doubt it would trigger anything unless you'd keep the water cooler for a longer period of time and increasing the amount of live foods in their diet (another spring trigger).
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2012, 06:07:34 PM »

Well the fish were fine throughout the hot weather it was just the snails that seemed to be bothered. I lost two bladder snails in total.
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2012, 03:47:06 AM »

Sorry about that Sad
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Re: Heat?
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2012, 09:34:17 AM »

Cheers Nossie!
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