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Re: Shoe Boxes
> In these small setups, I am interested to find out how people address the
> temperature of the water. Is there a heater in every tank?
There are more sophisticated approaches, but for most of us, it is easiest
to heat the room. Gas wall units are expensive to install, relatively safe.
Mine died and was deemed too expensive at the time to replace.
I use a five foot long portable baseboard type of electrical unit mounted on
legs. The heating element is completely encased in a pipe of oil - the heat
radiates. A heating contractor sold it to me when I shared my interest in
warming the fishroom without electrocuting myself splashing water.
Several people have recently suggested setting a small fan near the floor to
circulate the air and moderate the temperature differences. That terrific
idea I first saw in a Betta closet where a computer fan was used to keep the
lower shelves warm. Kurt Bihlmayer has run an annual killie closet where he
does much the same - although he incubates eggs in peat up top.
I haven't used the fan - yet - but a person can figure that the tanks will
be roughly (YMMV) two degrees warmer every 2-3 feet up from the floor. This
means Aplocheilus and mento go on the tops of the high racks, Diapteron and
natives park near the floor. Daphnia are on the floor by the outside door in
the cool months.
All the best!
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