Good article for the beginner native keeper
Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:36 PM
Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:40 PM
That's a really neat idea. I hadn't thought of that. thanks
Get one of those nice, square buckets that kitty litter often comes in. About three to four inches from the top, drill a hole to fit a bulkhead and place one into the hole. Put a lid on the bucket, and fill it with water. Put it on an outside windowsill, and secure it well. Run a small powerhead from your tank, out the window, into the bucket, and run a second line from the bucket back into the tank, via the bulkhead. You may want to cut some wood or even styrofoam to fit around the lines where the window is open to cut down on the draft, as well as possible insects, but the window only needs to be open enough to allow the plumbing to slip through. Ideally, this should be done in the spring or the fall when having the windows open isn't unpleasant - when the nights are in the 50s! With an aquarium heater, you can easily control the temperature of the tank. (I've also done this with cultures of live food in the summer. The bucket is covered with a fine screen that allows sunlight in, a bit of Daphnia is added, and a very slow powerhead put in. If you leave the screen cover off, you'll get mosquito larvae in there, which won't hurt anything and will probably get eaten before they hatch.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:16 AM
Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:38 AM
Posted 16 February 2012 - 01:10 PM
Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:24 PM
Put the cold side in the room with the fish. Put the back side in a room that you are paying to heat anyway.
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