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Cold Water critters #1
Hi, I have 3 fancies in a 200 litre tank. can anybody suggest any cold water critters which could survive in the tank which is generally at room temp 18oC ish and with the company.

LFS suggested Apple Snails but I didn't think that these could cope with my cold temp and softish water.

any suggestion greatfully received

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Re: Cold Water critters #2
Can't think of any really

Apple snails are quite tropical and also require very alkaline and quite hard water so their shells don't disintegrate over time.

18 degress may be a tad on the low side fancies. Slightly higher temps will aid their digesion and stop any 'floatyness' issues. I'm sure Suey keeps hers at 20-22 degrees with the aid of a heater to help with this.
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Re: Cold Water critters #3
Ah now that's really useful I don't have any boyancy issues with my chaps atm but will check the water temperature

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Re: Cold Water critters #4
Apologies, timed out

That should read very hard and fairly alkaline for the Apple Snails

Multitasking feeding the cats and emptying dishwater. That will teach me lol
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Re: Cold Water critters #5
Quote:

violet wrote:
18 degress may be a tad on the low side fancies. Slightly higher temps will aid their digesion and stop any 'floatyness' issues. I'm sure Suey keeps hers at 20-22 degrees with the aid of a heater to help with this.


I do indeed V 18 is a little parky for goldies, not outside their comfort zone by any means but they are delicate little souls and tend to do better around 22-24 degrees. Mine are at 22 at the mo. Their digestive systems work better in slightly warmer water which can help prevent any floatyness I have a rena smartheater on the intake for my filter, the water gets drawn through it rather than relying on swishing around it so it maintains a nice even temp and is supposedly more efficient
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Re: Cold Water critters #6
What about adding 'snail strong' to water? It won't upset the goldies ... Or some chunks of cuttle fish bone I have read ...
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