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Tips for Aquarium Maintenance during
WintersWhen it starts
getting cold we start pulling out our sweaters and blankets from storage.
But how about our little friends in the
Cold can be disastrous for most tropical fish if
proper care is not taken. This page presents some tips that will help you keep
your fish healthy.
- Maintain the aquarium water temperature between
24° C and 27° C.
- Install an aquarium thermometer to keep a
regular check on the temperature.
- Several types of thermometer are available,
from stick-on to traditional glass thermometers.
- Various models of submersible aquarium heaters
are available to choose from.
- It is always better to use automatic heaters
that have built-in thermostats. These can be set to work at specific
temperatures. These are very useful to prevent the tank from overheating and
also save on electricity consumption.
- Even if you use a thermostat heater, do keep a
thermometer handy to check occasionally that the thermostat setting is
- When using a thermostat heater, make sure that
the heating portion is at a higher level than the thermostat, as this will
help ensure even heating in the tank.
- Make sure the aquarium is not exposed to direct
cold wind from open windows and doors, as this will adversely affect the water
- Fish require less energy during the winter and
hence they tend to eat less.
- Reduce the amount of feed given by about 25%.
This will prevent uneaten food from dirtying the water.
Gold Fish Bowls
- Fluctuations in the water temperature may cause
White Spot disease in the fish.
- Use a good quality ‘Blue Remedy’ (Methylene
Blue) every week to prevent White Spot.
- Do not try to heat your gold fish bowl.
- Gold fish and its cousins (Red Cap, Black
Moore, Shubunkins) are cold water tropical fish and can survive low
- Keep a check on feeding.
- Use Blue remedy regularly.
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