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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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advice request: outdoor tank in TX

Hello all,

I just moved apartments and now have a covered balcony right outside my bedroom. I set up a 6' tall plant stand (got it for free!) to hold a bunch of my potted plants. I had a leftover empty 5g tank sitting around, so I had the crazy idea of setting up a (potential) fry grow-out tank out on the balcony. I have tiger endlers, so I figured one female + any random fry might potentially be able to exist outside. I would feed the same as inside, but they could also eat the variety of inverts that make their way into the tank (e.g. mosquito larvae). I live in Houston, and so it doesn't really get all that cold here, but if need be, I could net the fish and bring them in with the rest of the endlers in Dec/Jan. I think my biggest problem is the HEAT. Today was a pretty hot sunny day, and while the tank and balcony are underneath an overhang, the water temp was 95 degrees F around 3-4 pm, and tonight the water temp is closer to 90. Forgot to mention the tank's substrate is mix of eco-complete/Fluval flora substrate (got for free from a friend), and the tank's surface is complete covered with red root floaters and Amazon frogbit. I would add some guppy grass / java moss / random cuttings, too, if I add fish.

Can endlers survive that temperature? Can any fish survive that temperature or would it be certain death?

Thanks all!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 05:09 AM
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Aside from the heat, consider the drop in DO2. Is it well aerated?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-02-2013, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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there's no filtration set up because there is not a plug nearby, so that would be a problem, too - you are right! good thinking!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-05-2013, 04:28 PM
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It depends... could be done. Does it ever get any direct sunlight? If the direct sunlight is limited, or if you could rig up some kind of shade, you could throw the 5 gallon out there. Wouldn't have to have a filter, bu you would need a ton of fast growing oxygenating plants like hornwort, elodea, vals, cabomba, etc...
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-05-2013, 04:29 PM
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Also, it doesn't get cold in Houston, but you do have to bring your fish in by October. Otherwise you risk losing them when the first cold snap hits, which is usually in late October.
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