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Old 04-12-2011, 03:25 PM
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Hey everyone,

I was wanting to set some Frontosa tanks up in my garage, however, it's not heated or cooled. I live in Missouri and the temp can get well above 100 degrees and in the winter it can get fairly cold as well. Is there any way I could make this work without converting my garage into a heated/cooled garage? I'm thinking in the winter time, if I had a couple good heaters in each tank, I'd be ok...but in the summer, I'm not sure...anyway, any ideas will help. Thanks!

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Long story, but bottom line is I once kept a discus tank outside in Florida during one winter that had night temps in upper 20s, low 30s for a couple of weeks. Just doubled up my heaters and it was not a problem.

Long as you have enough heater wattage, you can deal with the cold, though probably easier to use a space heater to maintain at least some kind of minimum room temperature, rather than depending on tank heaters to do it all.

As far as temps in the 90s or higher, without cooling the room you'd probably need a tank chiller to cope with that. Not sure of the upper limit fronts can handle short term-- Darren (Sealord) has some experience with that, I think-- but 90-100 is definitely well outside what is suitable for them.
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Hey Marc, welcome to the board. What part of Missouri are you in? There are a few of us here in KC that keep Frontosa's. I actually just joined myself.

Agree with above but if your garage is like mine winter would be brutal. (not well insulated) If it's below freezing outside then so is my garage. The warmer the ambient temp is in the garage the less your heaters will struggle to keep it warm. I've also seen people wrap their tanks with that silver insulation padding. Not sure what it is though. Running a space heater can get expensive pretty quick though. As for summer you could always throw a window unit in the garage if there's a spot. (or make a spot if not... lol)
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Hey Brett,

I'm in Sikeston, MO, in southeast MO. I'm actually heading to KS next week for a convention.

Thanks for the ideas everyone...I think I'll not do the garage tanks for now...sounds pretty risky at the extreme temps.

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insulate!!! use space heaters and ac if needed. i know a guy here in NY who keeps all (about 12) of his tanks outside year round in a tiny lil shed. it actually gets quite hot in the winter. i have to take my jacket off as soon as i enter. just keep your eye on things until you know what works best for your situation. your a mamber of cyphos im sure your a smart individual. best of luck and keep us up to date on ur progress.
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Thanks for the info Dylz, I'm going to do some planning here and see what happens, I hope to get 6 footer out there with some Zaires.
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nice im looking into zaires my self
id try to get a few tanks going if i were you. part of the reason its so warm in my friends shed is the fact his tanks are pretty much wall to wall and radiate 79 degrees.
the fewer tanks you have the harder it will be to regulate the temp, at least when its cold. not sure if this helps you but its a pretty good argument if you have a girl giving you shite about to many tanks like i do;) in the long run could save you money hah!
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lol, the wife is always saying no more tanks, I know how it is
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I lost an old alpha male Kigoma one summer a few years back because my tank temp soared in the high 90's (I forget, maybe higher)... and the tank was inside!
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