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>Date: Sat, 5 Jun 1999 16:24:52 EDT
>From: Moontanman at aol_com
>Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #1073
>I am not convinced that cardinals need overly warm water, I have kept them at
>68 to 72 degrees for at least 3 years which is several times their natural
>life spans of 9 months or so. As a matter of fact and I since I can't prove
>this most of you will not believe I had a group of 24 cardinals in a 120 gal
>tank kept at an average of around 70 degrees and after five years I still had
>7 of the original fish. I think that might be a record.
5 years a record? Many people have kept cardinals as long as 10 years.
IMO cardinals are quite hardy and adjust well to less favorable conditions.