How cold do your tanks get?
Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:41 PM
My vals especially die back. Hornwort and Elodea usually grow pretty slow, or die off. This year I tried some pondweed and it isn't doing too bad this winter. Better than I expected.
So for those with planted tanks, how cold does your tank get in winter and what sort of plant growth do you see?
My tank is 55 right now and the plants look terrible and the fish look great.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 01:18 PM
- 45 gallon tank, 65.4F, lighting with a 48", 40watt fixture with 1 bulb.
- 75 gallon tank, 68.5F, lighting with two 48" T8 fixtures with 2 bulbs each.
- 55 gallon tank, 65.8F, lighting with one 48" T8 fixture with 2 bulbs.
Edited by steve, 28 January 2012 - 01:21 PM.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 01:19 PM
Riccia fluitans 'trees': http://www.aquascapi...t-20-litre.html
Another example of a beautiful riccia fluitans tank: http://img43.imagesh...edtsukiyama.jpg
If algae is what grows in your tank setup, then you might as well take advantage of that. There are some very beautiful algae tanks.
Edited by EricaWieser, 28 January 2012 - 01:20 PM.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 05:36 PM
There are some very beautiful algae tanks.
I had a 15g metaframe tank setup for a while that was just a bunch of branches thickly covered with brush algae. It was a flagfish only tank. They kept it trimmed back to about 1/2" long. Looked great, I thought.
I'm surprised the vals are dying back, mine have survived without browning at 55° in a big (= temperature stable) outside tank. They don't really grow, however.
Anacharis is about unkillable. Growth at 50° in my pond is common.
Native Hydrocotle sp. also do very well in cold water. I have hundreds of new baby hydrocotle leaves in the pond right now. The current pond temp is 51°.
Thread on APC discussing cold water/northern state plants:
Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:38 PM
Posted 29 January 2012 - 01:20 PM
Posted 30 January 2012 - 08:05 PM
Erica, it is a 180 gallon aquarium so I need the height of the vascular plants. Also, all species in the tank are native to Ohio and that is the way it is going to stay.
Native, that will probably be my move next winter, but I thought I would see what happened this year, especially after adding the Pondweeds in mid-fall.
Mr. Catfish, those are some nice cold temperatures. Where are your tanks? Garage?
Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:52 PM
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