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Garage Tank in a Cold Climate

Starting my 75gallon experiment with a tank I'm my insulated, but, unheated garage...

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~an old 75gallon AGA tank
~a formarly retired Penguin 350 biowheel
~Hagan Marine 300w heater (68 set)

Stand is just a cinder block and 2x8 stand I made for $20

Substrate is MGOPM capped with a mixture or river pebbles and Patio Sand

Plan on stocking White Cloud Minnows

Planting Cambomba and maybe some other turtle edible cold water plants
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Should also mention that I'm in Columbus, Ohio
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Not bad! White cloud minnows should fair better in the cold, but make sure it isn't super freezing in there.

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Not bad! White cloud minnows should fair better in the cold, but make sure it isn't super freezing in there.
Over the winter it hit 30 out there but I'll just run 2 300w heaters and should keep it over 50...
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Use foam board isolation. I do that for my breeding rack in the garage.
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Since the garage is insulated purchase one of those oil radiator heaters for the garage. They are very efficient at heating as long as you keep the temp lower (60f). They can keep it comfy.
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Home Depot sells 3/4" thick sheets of foam. Cut to fit exactly on three sides.
If you put it on/w Scotch tape it's easy to remove in the summer.

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I'll just fire up the old oil heater... Update, I hung a 4xt8 fixture above the tank...

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Just went out to check the temp of the tank and I figured I'd show you the substrate up close



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Planted today, woo for half off sales...



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