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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-03-2012, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow plants in fluctuating temperatures?

So I'm going back to college dorms in a few days, leaving aquariums and pets behind at home. But I came upon the idea to keep a very mini cube to just grow plants in.. no fish. The thing is, my dorm room temperature can vary from low 70's to mid 80's, not controlled by me.

How will the plants take this? Will it work?

For now, I'm just thinking moss, to play safe... but wondering how stuff like hairgrass or HC will do? Other plants?

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The low 70s is not a problem, but anything over 80* seems to be an issue for some plants. Fluctuating temperatures throughout the 70s ought not to be a problem, it is that high end that I would worry about.

Are you allowed to set up a fan? Run it on a timer if you are not there to monitor it. Have it come on during the hottest part of the day, even if you are in classes. Aim it over the top of the tank and this can provide some cooling. You will have to do more top offs (use RO water).
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Oh man. I suppose a fan would work, but the fluctuating temperatures are totally random times of day, not constant.

Hmm. Maybe I'll just stick with good ol' moss then. :s That's saying.. moss is hardy enough right?
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Moss would be a good idea. In a small tank you would not want giant plants, anyway.

I suppose you could find a temperature controller to turn the fan on when the room temp goes over 80*?

Small tanks heat up and cool off a lot faster than the larger ones. What is the largest tank you are allowed to have?
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We're max allowed 5 gallons, but I'm not going anywhere near that. Maybe just around a gallon?
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