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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-03-2018, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Ideas for an Unheated Aquarium

What are the fish options, other than goldfish, for a tank with no heater, say a low of 60 F in the winter? I have empty aquariums from 10 to 75 gallons, and was thinking about a heaterless tank.
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Standard Paradise fish or White Cloud Mountain Minnows would be okay in that temperature.

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Ditto for paradise fish. My 33 Long "window tank" is unheated for two paradise fish. It gets down to 60 degrees in winter and they seem to do just fine.


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Thanks for the responses! My mom is quite excited about the paradise fish. I told her they were one of the first "tropical" fish imported and kept in Europe, and she was interested in that. I will have to read upost in them.
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There is a very interesting, old book about paradise-fish keeping (and a few other species) in the 1900's- Aquaria Fish: Management and Care of the Aquarium and Its Inhabitants by Frank L. Tappan. You can read the entire thing as an online doc. I wrote about it here: Dogear Diary: Aquaria Fish. Mostly I think it has value for the history, I wouldn't keep fish as the book describes, today!


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Thanks for all of the responses. We had goldfish in 46 gallon bowftont aquarium over the winter (they went outside in May), and the aquarium has been running as a fish free planted snail tank for the past few months. I am revising my stocking ideas for a temperate tank, and thinking of trying rosy barbs and zebra danios or white clouds, maybe add a paradise fish this fall. I still need to come up with temperate fish ideas for the bottom of aquarium. The plants survived the goldfish, so I think that rosy barbs would be ok.
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You could try Native American fish, such as bluespotted sunfish. I donít know if 60F is cold enough for them to breed, however.

Many Asian fish are fine with temps down to the low 60s. I learned this fact this spring when thinking about transferring some aquarium fish to my pond. For example, Badis ruber are good down to 60 or so. Badis ruber ? Burmese Badis (Badis badis ruber, Badis badis burmanicus) ? Seriously Fish.
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Yep definitely look into native fish to your area. Darters, shiners and small sunfish.

No telling what you might find in your local waters to collect... already acclimated to your climate.

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Cherry shrimp should also be fine, they might not breed, but they'll survive. I've even heard stories of them surviving in ponds that have frozen over.


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Yeah, I've kept Cherry shrimp in an outdoor pond in Southern California. They do ok down to 50 degrees or so, but are not happy lower than that..
But, a low of 60 degrees sounds fine for them.

Florida Flag Fish are an interesting choice for the bottom region.
They remind me of little Cichlids in their appearence and behavior. One could keep several in a 75 gallon, or maybe just one to help with algae control.
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Thanks for the interesting ideas. I has not thought about keeping native fish.
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Many fish can actually be kept at lower temps, Ill get stoned for this by one particular member..... but generally: Livebearers are a-ok. They live in very cold waters for a portion of the year with large shifts in temps.

They are also hardy and easy purchases. I would push for local fish, and add in some specific guppies for a color splash (you can get different colors and shapes- for example I would think that a combination of local fish combined with a blue cobra round tail guppy would look original but sexy).

So add what you have pictured above with something like this:
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I routinely kept Endlers Livebearers at room temp, down to 60 degrees or so.
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Yep definitely look into native fish to your area. Darters, shiners and small sunfish.

No telling what you might find in your local waters to collect... already acclimated to your climate.

These are gorgeous. What are they?
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Rainbow darters, I just typed in darter Indiana and they popped up in image search.
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