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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Planted tank HELP!!!

Hi, I wanted to know if it is necessary to add a heater to a low tech planted tank if the water temperature decreases below 26 degrees? The temperature at normal times is around 30-32 degrees, but in winter it can drop to as low as 18 degrees... the tank is indoor... and has quite a number of different plants including hygrophila polysperma, guppy grass, parrot feather, cabomba, water wisteria, aponogeton crispus, amazon sword, dwarf hairgrass and java moss...
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i'd say it would depend on your fish.. if they are tropical fish then they prefer warmer waters. even though my house has air conditioning and heating, i still use a heater on my tank as a precaution. it's only about $30 for a decent in-tank heater.
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A heater is always a plus, it will ensure your water never gets too cold. Some plants will be more hearty then others in cold water but I would assume if it got too cold things would start to die.

My suggestion is to just go with a heater for the winter, and if you didn't want to use it during the summer you could always take it out. I look at it as insurance for my aquarium, after all the hours of labor and cash I've invested into my aquariums I wouldn't let something like not having a heater ruin all my hard work!
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yes, now i totally agree, it's not about the cost, i'm having mollies for algae control and kribensis and giant danios for display purpose.... i think it's best to go with the heater to be on the safe side! thanks for the response ramen lover and aquarist

I have another question, i have another tank, which is a 6g nano, i'm housing cherry shrimps, and a few native blue shrimps.... it also has a few plants, does cherry shrimp require a high temperature? I mean is it prone to lower temps?

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i think cherries prefer colder temps? like 70 or 72 F?
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my ones lives at a much higher temp. of about 82 F... seems to do ok. They are just newly introduced. Haven't got any shrimplets yet, maybe because I dont have a male! (P.S. I didn't know how to distinguish male or female cherry when i bought it)
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WARNING! Every once in a while, we get someone reporting their water heater failing 'on.' This often kills their fish very thoroughly. Think hard about your wattage; in a glass tank your temperature difference of (target-room temperature) isn't going to be very large; especially with plant-growing lights.

If you follow "manufacturer suggested" wattages, a failed-on heater will kill your fish more quickly.
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i will keep that in mind Anapplesnail, thnx
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