Should A Tank Be Kept In Front Of A Window? Question

  1. devin s. Member Member

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    My 10 gallon tank is currently directly in front of a window (facing away from the sun) it does have a heater and maintains a steady temp of 77-80 F and around 25 C. I was wondering if I should move it or not. I live in the lower parts of the USA so it can be anywhere from 20 degrees F in the winter to 101 F in the summer. With the crazy temp changes here, should I move it?
     


  2. JamieXPXP Well Known Member Member

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    people generally try not to put their tanks directly infront of windows because you will get a draft coming through the window and can mess with the temp of the water, plus you will always get some sort of sunlight from windows even if it isnt a lot, and probably a few other reasons.
    personally i would move it somewhere else
     


  3. devin s. Member Member

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    Thank you. What do you mean by "drift coming fro the window"?
     
  4. Nick24 Initiate Member

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    I was always told no because it could cause the growth of algae. I try to keep my tanks in corners of my room so that they aren’t hit with direct sunlight.
     
  5. JamieXPXP Well Known Member Member

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    oops lol i meant draft. its just when air leaks from your window
     
  6. devin s. Member Member

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    Thanks :p
     
  7. Nick24 Initiate Member

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    lol
     
  8. Nick24 Initiate Member

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    In my opinion I don’t think the “draft from a window could cause any real problems. All my tanks are at the mercy of draft mainly because I live near the beach and wind always blows through my home and windows included
     
  9. dwarfpufferlover Member Member

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    Tomorrow i will be taking down a window tank that has been doomed with algae. Honestly wouldn't recommend it unless you black the back of the tank out and add in dark curtains, this is exactly what i am doing this time. My windows are also 20 years old so the heater i use is 3x rated than what i need, temp fluctuates constantly, also have high ceilings so that doesnt help
     
  10. dwarfpufferlover Member Member

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    -4 here today
     


  11. devin s. Member Member

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    The back of my tank isn't blacked out but it does have one of those backdrops that keeps out some sunlight.
     
  12. dwarfpufferlover Member Member

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    that works just as well. Ever since i put dark curtains up I've had a lot easier time controlling my planted tanks, both near 6 windows : )
     

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