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Old 12-23-2018, 07:57 AM   #11
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:11 AM   #12
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Sunset platies dont get as large as some other types of platies.
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:24 AM   #13
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Good to know. Hopefully she isn't stunted then. Should I aim for more sunset platies or would any type of platy work for companions for her? The only location near me that has platies appears to be petsmart and the selection is apparently limited. I really don't want to order fish online, I feel like that would be too stressful, plus it's winter and if I don't get to them in time then they'll freeze.
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Other species of platies would be fine
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Here is another question, in addition to the quarantine question on the previous page, do I need to get another heater and/or thermometer in order to match the temperature of the tank water for water changes?

And thanks to Austin for the sunset platy information!
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You could buy a heater for that but if they shouldnt need one if they are not out out of the tank for long.
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:10 AM   #17
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I meant I was wondering if I needed another heater or thermometer to heat up the new water for the water change so then the new water matches in temperature? Or if I should just add a cup of room temperature water every 15 minutes or so to the tank until the water level is where I want? Sorry i wasn't very clear. Basically how do I ensure that the new water matches in temperature to the tank water? I've been looking online but all I can find is "make sure the temperature matches as closely as possible" but nothing on how to ensure that match... or maybe I'm not typing in the right thing or it's an obvious thing...

I dont plan on removing the fish from the tank when doing water changes. I have a cat and she would take full advantage of fish in an open bucket on ground (and I know I would forget to put her in a separate room).
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The platy and snail are both very hardy so if the temp is a little colder or eveb 65 degrees in the tank they will be fine. You basically could do either of your suggestions. Just do which idea you have that seems the least stressful on the fish.
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Okay. So room temperature should be fine then?

Also, should I wait on the two other platies? If so, how long? And any suggestions on the container and method to keep them in to be quarantined? Should they be quarantined?
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I would wait for your tank to cycle before adding more fish. And I know bb grows on surfaces but I believe you want it in your filter to filter the water as it passes by. And as for a extra quarantine tank. If you canít afford to get one and you donít have the extras needed like an extra pump and heater. I would just pick carefully and. Hope for the best. Treat as needed. I know a lot of people may not agree with me on that part. But eh itís what I would do. As of now I am not quarantining my feeders cause itís impossible for me to keeep up with how fast my sleeper is eating
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