Tank Location

Your choice of location can greatly influence conditions in the tank. Avoid locating the tank in direct sun, for example. Sunlight may benefit corals and seaweeds, but temperature fluctuations may be excessive. A temperature swing of two or three degrees is acceptable, but the sun can quickly warm a tank to 80 degrees or more. If the only possible location receives sun, and draperies are not an option, you may need to install a chiller to maintain a stable temperature. Likewise, locating the tank in a drafty, cooler space will necessitate a heater. Perhaps the ideal spot for a free-standing aquarium would be in a conservatory or sunroom maintained in the low 70s year-round. Not only would the temperature be stable, but plenty of indirect sunlight would be available, reducing the need for artificial lighting.

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