Temp and algae

abcemorse

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Any thoughts on whether algae, and plants in general for that matter, grow better in higher temps? I'll be finding out myself in a while as I'm taking the discus out and can then lower the temp a ways....
 

Tom Barr

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Yes, I addressed this issue in depth in a Newsletter some months, years back.

There's more gas at cooler temps, there is less noxious algae species as well, and the rates of growth are also slower, so in reducing temps, you often see algae issues go way down.

But this applies to plants as well, but that's not an issue if they are healthy.

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Tom Barr
 

VaughnH

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What is the best temperature range for the typical plants we use? I have grown mine at temperatures between about 72F and 82F, but my impression is that 72 is a bit too low. I have read that 76 to 78F is the ideal temperature.
 

abcemorse

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While I don't have real bad algae probs at 85 deg, it will be nice if it's even easier at cooler temps. I'll try to find the article you spoke of, sounds interesting. Thanks
 

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One of the guys on another forum I go on regularly has a spectacular moss tank that he keeps at 23ºC. He says he used to run it at the usual 25-26ºC that most people seem to use and the results weren't as good.

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