Temperature of Water

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For 5 days now i've had the temp of my tank up to about 88 degrees ferinhiet(per your instructions on getting rid of the ick). Anyway Pinky & Brain seem to be doing better, Also they seem to like the warmer water better. They are more active in the tank, not just lying around the bottom all the time. Could this be due to the rise in the water temp and if so would it be ok to keep the water at this temp?

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OFL replied the topic: Re:Temperature of Water

I would bring the temperature down a little. Its okay for circumstances like what you've just had, I would keep it slightly cooler. So, once everything is cleared up, just bring it down a bit. 88°F is 31°C. We tend to use Celsius here in the UK so I would keep it at around 27 or 28°C. That's probably around 80 to 82°F. Often my temperature rises considerably during the summer and my Oscars seem to be okay. I think I had it at around 86°F for quite a long time last year and it didn't seem to bother them

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casprsoscars replied the topic: Re:Temperature of Water

Alrighty then!! The icks seem to have fallen off Brain lets hope that the temp kills the unseen icks. Brain has a ferocious appetite, he'll take 4 or 5 pieces of the cichlid Sticks(i'll break them up into bite size pieces)and swim around the tank puffing food out his gills. He really is a sight,on the other hand Pinky kind of nibbles at his food he doesn't like the cichlid sticks he likes the feeze dried krill.

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OFL replied the topic: Re:Temperature of Water

Oscars are like little children sometimes when it comes to their food, very picky. It's always a good idea to try and vary what you give them. Having said that, with the best intentions in the world, Oscars will suddenly go off food, or only except one type. They can be very difficult fish. In fact, I would say Oscars are one of the most difficult fish around. Not difficult to keep, difficult to please or understand what's going on inside their head.

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casprsoscars replied the topic: Re:Temperature of Water

Yes I've noticed that. Pinky used to be the heavy eater now as I said he just nibbles at the krill. Brain didn't eat at all when I first got him I was thinking maybe he was stressed. Now he gorges himself:sick: His little tummy looks like it will burst sometimes. I tried to just put a little krill in the tank for Pinky, However Brain eats that up too. You think Pinky is getting enough to eat. Brain seems to be growing at twice the rate of Pinky. He's a real pig. Maybe he's a pig fish:ohmy:

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My two are exactly like that too. I have been referring to the Male "Jake" as a PIG around here too because he eats twice as much (it seems) as Elvira does. Jake is the perpetual "beggar" and is really growing quickly. There are times when I feed them and Elvira misses out because she stayed near the bottom of the tank while at the top you would almost swear there was a few pirannahs around. Jake is a P-I-G!

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