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Heated substrate? Cable heaters?

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Old July 4th 03, 06:29 AM
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IMO after you've got sufficient lighting and a decent CO2 injection/reactor
system then you can spend whatever's left towards substrate heating. IME my
unheated substrate 3' tank is basically whatever the room temp is. After
tearing out some flourite to transfer to my heated 4' tank the substrate 3'
tank substrate was a chilly 59F. So if your room temp never gets below 74F
I personally wouldn't bother with a substrate heater, but if you've got the
dough then go for it.

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I'm attempting to set up a 29g freshwater aqu. with live plants. I've read

a heated substrate significantly improves ones chances of success (

health of plants, longevity etc.). Is this an overstatement, or should I

in cable heating elements? I should mention that an existing tank of

nature in an identical location in my home never goes below 74 - without

help of a heating unit.



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