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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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It's getting colder, should I add a heater?

My 5 gallon neo tank sits in front of a drafty window and door for lack of anywhere else to put it in my apartment. The water's been in the high 60's to low 70's, depending on room temp (as I said, drafty), and it seems that the shrimp aren't growing as fast as I'm used to seeing. I've noticed that some other shrimp in a much warmer bowl are maturing much faster, so maybe it's time to break out the heater for the main tank. Opinions?
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Can't hurt. It will keep the water temp stable. I'd set it for low 70's.

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I would try to close that window as much as possible. See if you can mount a heavy fabric curtain over that window.

Your shrimp will appreciate the addition of a heater & I would try to keep that tank in the low 70's.
  • How many shrimp do you have in your 5G?
  • What temperature is your other tank kept at?
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I think I have about 50+ juvi red rilis in the 5 gallon. The other "tank" is really a half gallon bowl (didn't realize it was so small when I got it) that's been doing oddly well despite its size and my general ignoring of it. It's being kept right under a powerful and fairly hot desk lamp, and the room is kept at about 70.
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