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Old 02-20-2006, 11:02 AM   #11
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I would get yourself some sort of thermometer for the aquarium and pay close attention to the temperature - the concerns Malkore raises could make or break this tank, especially when warm weather arrives.

I love my Hydor submersible heater, which is basically a 7w flat heating pad about the size of a deck of cards, and would be perfect for this size tank. It can be buried in the substrate so it won't take up any (precious little) tank space.

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I really appreciate everyone's input. I'm going to collect water temp readings this week and I'll report my findings next week.

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Old 02-21-2006, 07:44 AM   #14
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I recorded water temperatures at various times yesterday:

12:00 noon (sunny skies, direct sunlight): 80F
5:00 pm (sunny skies): 79F
8:00 pm (dark): 70F
6:30 am (just before sunrise today): 60F

I'll more seriously consider adding a heater to help bring the low overnight temperatures up. In terms of keeping the water temperature lower during the day, I am going to try a number of different orientations:

* move the tank away from the window
* keep the window shades drawn shut
* perhaps tape up a percentage of the tank facing the sun to block some of the sunlight and prevent it from heating up the water.
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To keep it low tech, you could make sure the top minimizes evaporative cooling, increase the stone mass inside the tank to act as heat batteries, and/or reduce the direct sunlight.

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