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When to move a tub outdoors?

I've got a 20 gallon container pond that's been nice and sheltered all winter in my shop (it had a heater, filter, light, ect.) but it's warming up and we're needing the space in the shop. I've already put the heater on a timer to get the fish used to the day/night temp shifts, and they've handled it with no problem. They also handled accidentally having the heater, filter, and light turned off for 48 hours because someone turned off a breaker and forgot to turn it back on.

The species I keep are very hardy (zebra danios and Heterandria Formosa) and have been able to handle temps in the 40's, unintentionally. I'm planning on waiting until the night temps are in the 40-50's range, but other opinions are appreciated.
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I'd wait until the night temps are no lower that high 50s. I just moved my stock out and we have night time temps of around 68 now. I have some more sensitive fish for what it's worth
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Yeah I would wait just a little longer. I'm in southern VA where it's been in the 50's and 60's at night the last few weeks and just yesterday I'm just beginning to see some growth of my pond plants and the goldfish I have are just starting to move around. I usually go by what my animals and plants are doing outside.
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If you talk to some gardeners in your area that grow tomatoes, they'll give you the best reference point. Tomatoes get hammered if nights drop below the low 50's overnight for more than one or two nights. In my neck of the woods, I can't set a tomato plant in the ground before Memorial Day. There's no guarantees where the weather's concerned though. About 4 or 5 years ago we got a light overnight frost on June 6th! So whatever you choose, be prepared to throw some plastic or a tarp over it for the first week or so, just in case.

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I've got a 20 gallon container pond that's been nice and sheltered all winter in my shop (it had a heater, filter, light, ect.) but it's warming up and we're needing the space in the shop. I've already put the heater on a timer to get the fish used to the day/night temp shifts, and they've handled it with no problem. They also handled accidentally having the heater, filter, and light turned off for 48 hours because someone turned off a breaker and forgot to turn it back on.

The species I keep are very hardy (zebra danios and Heterandria Formosa) and have been able to handle temps in the 40's, unintentionally. I'm planning on waiting until the night temps are in the 40-50's range, but other opinions are appreciated.
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If you talk to some gardeners in your area that grow tomatoes, they'll give you the best reference point. Tomatoes get hammered if nights drop below the low 50's overnight for more than one or two nights. In my neck of the woods, I can't set a tomato plant in the ground before Memorial Day. There's no guarantees where the weather's concerned though. About 4 or 5 years ago we got a light overnight frost on June 6th! So whatever you choose, be prepared to throw some plastic or a tarp over it for the first week or so, just in case.
My family grows tomatoes like no one's business, but we have these water inflated greenhouse things that let us get plants in the ground weeks before anyone else...so that doesn't help! Haha. Too bad I hate tomatoes...

But I'll probably put the pond out when we put peppers out... oh wait... I have some on a container on the deck already...uhh...
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