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Old 09-22-2005, 09:16 PM   #1
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Temperature Shock !! Will my fish recover? they are inactive

my heater died overnight (some electrical haywire).
My tank went from 75 degrees F ...to.... 60 degrees F overnight.

Luckily I had a spare heater when I woke up the next morning.

My fish are inactive (resting on the bottom of the tank), but they are eating.

how long does it take for fish to recover from a temp shock?
Will they recover ??
its sad not to see them swimming around the tank.
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Most likely they will as long as you get the temp back up to normal. I had a heater crap out on me but instead of it stop working. It heated the tank to 91 degrees. All my fish lived. Lost a few corals.
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Raise it nice and slow. They should be ok just keep an eye on them
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thanks - they seem to Perk up when eating.
but they are not back to their full excited personality.

maybe their body is still adjusting to the warm --> cold --> warm fluctuations?? a little stressful ??
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Raise it nice and slow.
how slowly do I raise it ??

2 degrees per day??
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1 degree every two hours should do it
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will it help the fish stress if i turn my tank lights OFF ??
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I have heard that it will help ease the stress on the fish.
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To further help, add some Melafix. Since stress can bring out disease, the Melafix will help (do not add if you have fish with labrynth organs).
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update:

they are still resting on the bottom - breathing heavily.

but they are still eating

would a water change help?
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