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Andrea
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Temperature
« on: May 06, 2010, 06:03:59 AM »

It's nearly winter in here Australia and it is finally starting to get cold and for the first time I have therometer on Sunshine's tank. In summer the temperature sticks around 24-26 degrees but can go up to 30. Right now it is around 16 degrees in the tank but I have seen it go down to 10. Plus it is only going to get colder.

I have heard goldfish can live in a large temperature range but just wondering what the ideal temperature is? Should I invest in a heater? Or is there no need for one in a goldfish tank?

I know that if it changes alot it can cause white spot but that doesn't happen. Just wondering Smiley
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Lang
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Re: Temperature
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 06:44:16 AM »

The ideal temperature for goldfish is around 22.2 degree Celsius or 72 Fahrenheit.  Although some people will say you don't need a heater in a goldfish tank, there are exemptions though.  Most home aquariums are relatively small and the water temperature can drop very fast.  Rapid changes in temperature can be very stressful for them and weaken their immune system, making them susceptible to a lot of different diseases. All fish in general are cold blooded and thus are at the mercy of their of their environment. Why subject your pet to such stressful conditions when this can be totally avoided. A heater is a relatively cheap investment, compared to the costs of medicines you would have to buy to treat the fish if it becomes sick as result of the having to deal with all the temperature changes. I would buy one and set it to 21'C - 22'C and you won't ever have to worry about the temperature of the room in the winter again.  I don't recommend allowing water temperature for fancy goldfish to ever drop below
15'C  .

Hope this helps
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Nossie
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Re: Temperature
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2010, 07:59:47 AM »

I'd like to add that temperatures that change this drastically would not only expose your fish to stress, but it could also cause swim bladder problems. Either caused by a following bacterial infection or simply from the shock. This is especially harmful to younger and older fish.

So I would strongly suggest getting a heater if the temp is sinking to 10 degrees at times! (:
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Andrea
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Re: Temperature
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2010, 10:27:48 PM »

Ah ok. Thankyou Smiley My room gets quite cold in winter as it only gets afternoon sun so after hearing this I will buy a heater.
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Vann
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Re: Temperature
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2010, 02:54:40 AM »

Hello guys. Quite the contrary in my case..the temperature in my room tends to rise to 30'C if i open my windows since i live on the Equator (a country called Brunei if any of you are interested to know). Is that an adverse temperature for the goldfish? or do i need to keep the aircond running during the day..
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Andrea
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Re: Temperature
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2010, 05:07:34 AM »

Yeah, good question Smiley Because my water can get that warm in summer too.
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Hanna
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Re: Temperature
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2010, 06:15:59 AM »

Most important is that the temperature does not fluctuate. Goldfish are very stressed if the temp goes up and down like a yoyo.

We do live in Australia too, at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. We do not have a heater, neither a cooler.
We just keep the temp constant inside the house.

Andrea, is there such a big difference there in NSW in temps during night and day where you live? If you can manage to keep your room temp constant your fishies should be fine. Otherwise you do need a heater.
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Andrea
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Re: Temperature
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2010, 01:56:59 AM »

Hanna: At the moment there is a huge difference in night and day temps, the days are like nice summer days and the nights are like winter nights should be. This is highly unusual. However, my room is spared from this because it stays quite cool most of the time. So Sunshine isn't exposed to extreme changes, it just might drop a bit on a very cold night.
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Hanna
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Re: Temperature
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2010, 05:19:27 AM »

Well, Andrea, it may be interesting to talk to the petshop, what they are doing with their goldies.
I read on the net that they can stand temps up to 4 cels in winter, but this may be like in European countries.

So you may need a heater in this case.
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