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Anyone keep aquariums outdoors? (not ponds)

I mean legit aquariums, 10G, 20G, whatever, in climates that have four seasons? I'm wondering how good natural sunlight is for plants, and what happens during winter, when it snows, etc, I suppose usually these tanks are taken down and redone in the spring again, or?


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I usually keep my aquarium inside the house. Temperature is important in setting up an aquarium outside.
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I live in India, so I doubt if this qualifies. I have a couple of 2.5 feet by 1 by 1 feet aquariums with Platies in them. I suppose they are 15 or 18 gallon tanks.

I also have a small tank with a lone Jewel Cichlid.
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I'd be concerned about a glass aquarium cracking in hail/extreme cold here. A thick acrylic might be okay but even that could warp. Keeping the tanks heated would be a challenge during some parts of the winter so that is probably why I've never seen it. I HAVE seen some people keeping their fish ponds heated and running all winter for their koi. The fact that those ponds are dug into the ground helps with insulation I think too.

One other thing about ponds that helps them work is the water volume. I think you'd have the best luck with as large an aquarium as possible because with greater water volume you get better temperature stability in the tank. This means that the tank will remain a comfortable temp even if the outside air temperature gets too high or too low for fish/plants (at least to a point). I think a 10 gallon aquarium would fail here because of that, but a 100 gallon aquarium would be more likely to be successful.

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Just wondering as I have seen some Youtube videos of people with their tanks outdoors, but of course, unfortunately for me, I don't think that is viable because I do live in an area that can get very cold.


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