Water temp

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    I am currently runnig my tank at around 21 degrees. I collect all my livestock, but since i live in cape town, travelling to the warm seas to collect is starting t oget expensive.
    Do you think any reef fish that LFS sell will thrive at 21 degrees?
     
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    i would think so but do some research so warmer seas when i dive in winter is about 21 Durbs, but the specific fish may not be happy. with less than 23
     
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    Personally i would not run my tank below 24 degrees.
    Is there any particular reason why you running the tank so cold?
     
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    i enjoy collecting my own livestock and am particularly facinated by the southern cape coastal life, the whole two oceans meeting etc. If i run the tank hotter things die.
     
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    i know some of the wrasses and butterfly fish survive at that temp, but not sure if keeping them at 21 permanantly will be a good idea.
     
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    459b - it should not be a problem if you investigate the life-stock you are planning to purchase.
    Most fish should be able to adapt, given that you acclimate long enough (3 to 4 hours minimum).
    Corals, nemmies and other inverts are another story. They will most definitely NOT survive!
     

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