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Re: Cold Feet

on 9/1/00 9:52 pm, Karen Randall at krandall at world_std.com wrote:

> IF you really feel that the cold substrate might be effecting your plant
> growth, the easiest fix is to simply insulate the bottom of your tank with
> a sheet of styrofoam taped to the bottom.  A more costly, but still easy
> solution is to install an incandescent light bulb or two in the cabinet
> beneath the tank.

Hi Karen,
I'm just curious ... I've heard it mentioned quite a few times here that one
should tape styrofoam to the bottom of the tank to insulate it. Here in
Singapore (or Malaysia, where I come from) *all* tanks come with a piece of
styrofoam to be placed under the tank. The thinking is, no matter what tank
you have, and no matter how small (or how big) you absolutely *must* have a
piece of styrofoam underneath it or the tank will crack!

I get the feeling that many of you don't follow this practice and your tanks
are none the worse for it?

Mark Pan
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know and then stop.
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