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Dark start: Heated?

Phil Onion

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So, I'm nearly at the point where I can place the hardscape, substrate and soil in the tank. As I'm not in a rush and the tank has its own room, I'm looking at doing a 'dark start'.

Question: does it matter if the heater is on or off? That might be a stupid question, but I wondered if the temperature would affect bacterial growth.

Cheers,

Phil
 

MichaelJ

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So, I'm nearly at the point where I can place the hardscape, substrate and soil in the tank. As I'm not in a rush and the tank has its own room, I'm looking at doing a 'dark start'.

Question: does it matter if the heater is on or off? That might be a stupid question, but I wondered if the temperature would affect bacterial growth.

Cheers,

Phil
Hi @Phil Onion I would run the heater at the level you plan for the tank when up and running... I am not entirely sure why you wouldn't? However, if the tank sits in a room heated close to the planned temperature of the tank then it might be a moot point.

Cheers,
Michael
 
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