Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Totem Soup Science - Aquarium Plants, What I Learned From Potential Disaster

A few days ago, I posted my heater somehow got unplugged. This did cause one of my fish to become distressed, seeing as my tank dropped 12 degrees in 24 hours. The blue gourami has come back to full health, and is doing fine. I did, however, notice something about my plants with the temperature drop. My tank is normally 80°F, and my plant growth is average to slow. When it dropped to 68°F a couple of my plants grew 1-3 inches in a 2 day period, when the tank temperature was normalizing but still cooler than normal. From this I have decided to not keep my tank at 80°F anymore, but 76°F. This is still in the safe zone for the fish, but cooler than it has ever been. I have also been keeping a 24 hour stream of my tank going here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/holytotemic. It is the long view so it looks a bit odd, and you get a reflection from the front glass making my tank look overstocked. I use it to keep an eye on my tank at work, but I figured I can share it. Hopefully a better camera and mounting option is in my future. I will be keeping the lower temperature for the next few weeks as a test on the plant growth, but so far it has been 3 days and my plants have all put on a minimum of 2 inches or a few more leaves sprouting. I will likely post some pictures sometime this week.

That's it for now. Stay tuned for project updates!

- The one, the ONLY, Holytotemic

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