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Plants for high water temparature

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by Gautam, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Gautam

    Gautam Prolific Poster

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    Within a month or two at the most the temparature will start rising in India. With that my mosses and ferns will start wilting. Glossos will vanish. I can manage one chiller but then not for all my tanks.

    I was wondering if someone cane help me with list of plants that can be used for good aquascaping as well as which can tolerate temparatures between 30 to 33 degree centigrades.

    Also some idea on how to reduce water temparature without investing in high tech stuff like a chiller. I have used fans but not found them to be very effective.

    Thanking in advance,

    Gautam
     
  2. Gerryd

    Gerryd Plant Guru Team
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    Hi Gautam,

    My temp ranges a lot from 84-86f which is at the lowest of your range (30-33 c) and I have kept the following plants with no issues:

    1. Hygro wisteria and angustoflia?
    2. Limnophila aromatica
    3. P. Stellata broadleaf
    4. Glosso
    5. Java
    6. Bolbitus
    7. Anubia nana and barteri
    8. HC
    9 Mex water oak
    10. Ludwigia inclinata cuba

    And others I can't remember now.

    I know that many Hygros are native to India and that the natural water bodies in India get extremely hot in the summer.

    Can you look to more native plants?

    I have also used fans with some success but not as much as I would like. I don't know your situation there, but could you get a small Air conditioning unit for the room where the fish are? is that an option? You can justify the expense as it will cool yourself as well!

    I have found that dumping ice in the tank every now and then and more frequent water change schedule overall helps a bit. The extra WC also help other issues than temp and the fish/plants tend to like it:)

    I also do not want the expense of a chiller and to have to incorporate one and find room for it...........

    I will follow this thread for ideas.

    Best of luck.
     
  3. Gautam

    Gautam Prolific Poster

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    Thanks Gerry for the list.

    I am considering air conditioning but then chances are that I might get thrown out of the house as the energy bills are pretty high already:eek:

    I will keep following the thread too as this solving this problem is very important for me
     
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    An idea that you may be able to use on a tank or 2...

    Last year, I believe Hoppy (Vaughn) recommended a fan blowling across the water at the top of my tank, since I was having trouble with water temp during heat spells. I had a little compact fan that was fairly powerful and used it in the afternoons. I think it lowered my tank temp on the worst days from 86°F to 82°F (30°C to 28°C). I lost an extra half gallon of water to evaporation each day, but I didn't mind that. This may not be worth your time at your high temps, but thought it was worth a mention.
     
  5. Tom Barr

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    I'll trade you your temps for the Central Valley of CA in the summer:)
    Actually, likely about the same. The Thar desert gets hot too, but it's a "dry heat".

    Fortunately, humidity does play a factor for fish.

    It gets very hot here for 3-4 months of the year, I do not use air conditioners etc. No issues with any species.

    The problem is that plants grow much faster at warmer temps, thus warmer water holds less O2 and less CO2, but the demand for both goes up!

    So more current and fans(helps cooling) and add more CO2 to adjust for the losses and higher rates of growth.

    Most all species will do fine at 35C-40C range if you take those issues in to account.

    The temps typically drop to 30C or so at night in aquariums.

    Outside, 40-45C are typical highes.
    You do not want to be in the sun:eek:

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  6. Gautam

    Gautam Prolific Poster

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    Dear Tom,

    Just a re-confirmation. You mean if I take care of the measures suggested even plants like Glosso or Moss or Ferns will keep doing well.

    Regards,

    Gautam
     
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