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Conservatory Aquarium
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TAfternoon all,

Does anybody have any experience with keeping an aquarium in a conservatory?  Our house is quite small and the conny would suit the space for a tank.

My concern being that when the sun is out, it can get really hot in there and at night and winter time can get really cold.  The size in question is 64 litres.

Thoughts appreciated
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One of my first thoughts would be too much light causing algae...sure there’s more reason too.
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As well as what Annie has said about light the huge variation in temperature would be difficult to manage. In winter the heater would have to work so hard it'd probably burn out eventually so you have the danger of the tank getting very cold before you realise and in the summer it would massively overheat (difficult to cool tanks down on a long term basis). The small water volume would also mean temp changes happen much faster than in a larger tank. Not advised at all I'm afraid.
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You would probably need to blacken out some sides of the tank to limit the amount of light exposure, but probably will get a lot of algae growth.

However temperature will probably be more of an issue. Temperature will get very high in the warm weather and very low in the cold weather. You would likely need to invest in more than one heater and also get a chiller to cool the water. However chillers are quite expensive to run.
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Thanks for replies folks. Will avoid as I suspected.
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You could look on the positive side, most conservatories have blinds fitted to keep out direct sunlight, algae makes your tank look more natural and in any case pleco's will usually keep it in check, heaters have thermostats so cold shouldn't be an issue, you could try stocking fish that like higher temps.
Advice is only advice and doesn't always give a definitive answer.
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(14-04-2019, 06:52 PM)HmmPleco Fan Wrote: You could look on the positive side, most conservatories have blinds fitted to keep out direct sunlight, algae makes your tank look more natural and in any case pleco's will usually keep it in check, heaters have thermostats so cold shouldn't be an issue, you could try stocking fish that like higher temps.
Advice is only advice and doesn't always give a definitive answer.

Hmmm 🤔 suppose could give it a go with hardy fish.  Although we don’t have blinds, a dual thermostat system could keep the temperature up in the colder times
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You could shade the tank from direct light with plants but I think the ambient temp would still affect the water temps.
A fan over the water surface set to kick in when the temp reaches a certain level would keep the water cooler but evaporation would be high and you'd need to replace that evaporated water with reverse osmosis/deionised water or you'd increase the hardness over time.
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The reason I posted is that my son has his tank in the conservatory, apart from a lot of algae cause he doesn't like pleco's strange boy !! he hasn't had any problems he lives in the not so sunny town of Blackpool.
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(14-04-2019, 08:04 PM)Pleco Fan Wrote: The reason I posted is that my son has his tank in the conservatory, apart from a lot of algae cause he doesn't like pleco's strange boy !! he hasn't had any problems he lives in the not so sunny town of Blackpool.

That’s not far from me in Preston!  We’ve decided to locate the tank in the dining room after shifting the table up a bit.  Thanks for the comments though
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