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Re: windowsill planted tank...

I have two small tanks on a window sill. They get direct sunlight 
early in the morning, for 2-3 hours. Both have plants and fish. There 
don't appear to be any ill-effects, and the plants to very well. I 
used to use heaters and artificial light during the winter, but now 
that it got warmer, I don't use either. 

I would be concerned about a window-sill tank if it got direct sun 
light in early afternoon, when the light is very strong. A small tank 
could have large temperature fluctuations in that way. 
But morning or evening light should be ok.


On 18 Jun 00 at 3:48, Aquatic Plants Digest wrote:

> Subject: windowsill planted tank...
> I am thinking of setting up a small planted tank on a deep
> north-facing windowsill.  This window is very tall, very bright, but
> it gets no direct sunlight except around 6:30 p.m. when a small ray
> hits it from the west.  I plan to have fish in this tank as well. 
> If possible, I would like the tank to be unheated (except maybe in
> winter) and I would also like to NOT have artificial light on it.
> Does this sound like a pipedream, or could I successfully grow some
> nice low-light plants in such a setup?  Has anyone done anything
> like this?
> Thanks.
> Gitte