I’ve just finished setting up my first planted tank. The tank is 100g (450 litres) and the only way to fill it was slowly using a hose pipe. The trouble is the water was coming out at 38.5 °C. It’s middle of summer here in Dubai and even our cold tap comes out very hot. This is as cool as I could get it.
Tank was filled at 3am. By 8am it was down to 32.5 °C. I am hoping that in another 4 to 5 hours it will be at around 27 °C (my ideal temp).
My question is, have I caused permanent damage to the plants due to this high temperature? They appear to have wilted slightly.
I have read that newly planted plants can take some time to become accustomed to their new environment and because of this they can initially wilt and change colour. Has this happened or is the problem caused by the high temp?
They aren't going to die immediately. They'll make a recovery I'm sure. In the future if you have to want to be really safe you could fill up the water in buckets with ice and then put that in the tank, or have ice ready in the tank as you fill it up. It doesn't necessarily have to be straight ice that melts into the tank - it could be plastic bags filled with frozen water.