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Old 08-03-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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Coldwater tank overheated :(

My tengal coldwater overheated. I had two very small golden dojo loaches in it, the one male died. The tank went up to 82 with this dang heat. The params are perfect. What can i do to cool down the tank? I still have one other golden dojo loach, what should i do with her? I am really bummed out, this was my favorite fish. Any ideas to cool down the tank and stop other fatalities?
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Old 08-03-2006, 01:28 PM   #2
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there have been lots of posts on this .... open the top and run a fan over the water, that should drop it a few degrees or freeze some plastic bottles filled with water and put them in the tank

82 isn't that hot - ich treatment is usually alot higher - are you sure it was the heat ?
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What kind of aeration do you have in the tank? Chances are the raised temperature lowered the oxygen levels too far, especially if you use an HOB filter that doesn't agitate the surface a lot.
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I use a submersible, but i have it a little bit above water so it agitates it quite a bit. And i think it was because the water temp changed so fast. Our Air contitioning shut off last night for some reason, and it rose to the temp of outside, so it heated so quickly, i think that is why.
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you might want to keep a heater on during the heat wave so that the fish will be used to the higher temps in case it happens again - get them used to 80 - 82 degrees or so for now, depending on how hot room temp is at its highest (with and more importantly without AC) - it'll reduce the fluctuations
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yes, the dojo loaches can't stand higher temp. I have had this tank for almost 3years without ever lossing a fish. So this is kind of scary.
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Ah, ok, didn't know that about dojo's. Yes, it can be scary. The fan will help alot. When you're home you can also add the frozen bottles - if it happens while you're away at least the fan will keep some of the temp down. Hopefully this heat wave will break soon.
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Yes, i got the fan over top, and i put a ziploc bag full of ice in it, that should suffice.
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