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How warm is too warm for outdoor guppies?
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Maura
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PostPosted: 2006.04.19(Wed)6:54    Post subject: How warm is too warm for outdoor guppies? Reply with quote

I have three tubs going outside right now two are in the shade and one is in full sun. Yesterday when I went to check on them, the one that's in full sun was quite warm. It has a lotus and a couple of small water lettuce. Right now the Lotus only has 4 floating leaves, and the water lettuce are quite small - so the plant material is not yet shading the water. The guppies weren't showing any signs of distress yet, but the weather is going to get a lot warmer before the lotus sends up enough large leaves to shade the water sufficiently.

What is the highest temperature you think guppies could take comfortably?
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PostPosted: 2006.04.20(Thu)9:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be honest Maura, guppies are quite hardy and could probably/theoretically endure temps of up to 29-30˚C, but I strongly suggest no higher than 26-27˚C in the long run.

Remember heat speeds up their metabolic cycle which = decreases in the life span of your guppies, and at higher temps they will require more food.
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