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Old 01-08-2007, 02:03 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input. To answer a few of the questions, the window faces the south and directly outside of the window is a large lemon tree that offers a pretty good amount of shade. I'm planning on having a FOWLR system. I'm new to the aquarium setup and maintenance lifestyle, so I definitely don't want my first experience to be tainted by nuissance algae. Are snails, crabs and cleanup fish a possiblity? I've also considered tinting the window or installing some sort of outside shutter. As you all can probably tell, I'd love to have the tank in this particular area and am willing to at least weigh all the options before I consider tucking it away in another corner of my house.

Thanks again for any input and advice.

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hmm just thought of another idea you always just get a background for the tank. maybe cover the sides and just leave the front visible if your that worried.

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Old 01-08-2007, 07:00 PM   #13
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While that location is not optimum considering it is predominantly a fish-only display, there are a few things you can do. Are you going to have a background on this tank? That will provide a good bit of shade for the aquarium. Between that and blinds, you might be ok. A refugium, good protein skimmer, use of purified water, high quality salt mix, and careful feeding will also go a long way towards reducing the potential for nuisance algae issues.

The one thing that really concerns me is your lack of experience. All of these good husbandry practices don't come easily.

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