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Hello,and I need some cold water advice please.

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Hello.

I need some advice on cold water fish available in Brisbane.I have a 4ft by 2 ft tank given to me.

I have no heaters,but I do have big internal filters,and I would think to heat that size tank would be costly.

So if anyone has some advice on stocking it ,that would be great.

I am not a big goldfish fan, but will go there if I have to.

Thanks in advance for anyone's replies.

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Hey Ada, welcome to the forum. Rainbows & other natives local to Brisbane area might be your best bet, there are plenty of native fans on this forum that can help you out, Grubby & Rainbowrunner come to mind first, they should be able to give you some great advice :egrin:

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Tutters has floridae flagfish for sale. Really nice killi fish they are.

Theres also lots of cool types of rosey barbs around in lfs (longfin chilli being my pick).

Combo those with some nice danio species (giant and zebra maybe)

some chinese algae eaters or siamese flying foxes on algae patrol

a few bronze cories to scavenge.

And maybe a pair of paradise fish as the centre piece.

All will play nice with plants.

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Hey Ada welcome to the forum, I keep a coldwater Rainbowfish tank with Crimson Spotted rainbows, Purple spotted gudgeons in it, all wild caught at my local creek, but you can get them at most good LFS for not a lot of money. My coldwater rainbow tank has a few tropical ring ins in there too and they are just fine.

You could also have Pacific Blue eyes which are a nice little fish especially in a large school. And my all time favourite The Ornate Sunfish, Rhadocentrus Ornatus, which is a local Rainbow that ranges from Northern NSW to about Bundaberg, that is perfectly happy in a coldwater tank. Infact a senior member of ANGFA ( Australian and New Guinea fishes association), keeps and breeds Rhadocentrus and Blue eyes in unheated ponds all year round in Toowoomba !!!! So you will be ok with these in Ipswich, where I live we read our temperatures off Ipswich not Brisbane, so If I can keep them you can. The colours are amazing too. Google Rhadocentrus ornatus for images and you will see what I mean. if you want to know more, please feel free to send me a PM.

Good luck,

Phil

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Hey mate, firstly welcome to the forum! As everyone mentioned natives can be the way to go.

I've only kept Pacific Blue Eyes so far, but I found them to be very nice shoaling fish, and rather resilient to both heat and cold and everything else in the tank - mine had no trouble whatsoever adapting to their new environment, acting 'normally' within minutes of being added to the tank. They're outgoing, which is great as they're dithers for my juvie cichlid, and so far none died yet. But anyways yeah I've had experience keeping PBEs and they are indeed good to keep, and I would assume the same for other natives around - as they should be used to the Qld coldness in the wild and all that - though I'm not sure if you'd have to mimic their (the natives') environment to provide them with the same methods of survival as in the wild when the temperature drops. One of the native specialists can tell you more about how exactly to keep natives, I'm sure.

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