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    Unhappy Natural sunlight for Temperate ATS?

    Would it be possible to utilize natural sunlight on an ATS?

    The algae I am going to be growing would be native to the temperate region that I am already simulating in my tank.

    I have my tank backed up to a north facing window and an area where I could incorporate my ATS.

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    Re: Natural sunlight for Temperate ATS?

    Why not? the only issue could be the temperature, because the high IR content in sunlight allows to warm quickly any thin layer of water, although flowing.

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    Re: Natural sunlight for Temperate ATS?

    I have seen a couple posts on here that were using the sun to power their growth.
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    Re: Natural sunlight for Temperate ATS?

    Solar is easy. It's just 1-sided.

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    Re: Natural sunlight for Temperate ATS?

    Yeah I have my plumbing list already made for a trip to HD tomorrow.

    Already picked up 2 sheets of the plastic canvas in clear. I have a 19" high x 28" long area to fit the ATS and hang my plastic canvas from, so I think I am going to get a 3rd sheet and cut them all down an inch or so. That way since I'll only be able to light it from one side I will have 3 seperate algae sheets and I can rotate through them.

    I will have a total of 384 sq inches of surface area for algae to grow on.

    It'll be lit with natural sunlight from a north facing window (so not a whole lot) and an LED array I had laying around.

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    Re: Natural sunlight for Temperate ATS?

    Keep the LEDs in a tight area and not spread out.

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