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post #1 of 6 Old 07-26-2013, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Low E Windows and Algae Growth


I have some second story great room windows that allow sun light to enter the aquarium from 9:00AM till around 1:00PM everyday. We are in the process of replacing the windows and are wondering if Low E windows would help prohibit algae growth or if blinds are required. The Low E windows stop the solar rays and heat but the light would still enter the aquarium.

Any experience with this?


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post #2 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 01:06 PM
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I've never had experience with these windows before, but I would *guess* that as long as the light is hitting the tank, you might still have some issues... interesting question! Hopefully someone else will have some more solid info to share with you on this. Sorry I can't be of much help! Let us know how it goes, though!
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 01:07 PM
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Where is it hitting the tank?? The back, front, and or top? Not sure if the new windows would make a difference or not.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 02:12 PM
Not sure. It would depend on the actual transmission curve of the windows. If the windows transmitter the red spectrum the plants would be able to grow better than if the blue spectrum sere allowed in .

Sorry. I can't be more specific. Whatever the case I hope it works out for you.

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Where is it hitting the tank?? The back, front, and or top? Not sure if the new windows would make a difference or not.
Thanks for the responses. To answer your question, the light hits the tank on the front at first and then on the side before it is shaded again. Right now, I cover the front with a cloth until the sun is out of reach.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 03:08 PM
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You know honestly I have no clue if the new windows will make a difference or not. If it was me once the new windows are installed I would leave the tank uncovered. See if it still gets algae if so then I would consider blinds rather then covering a tank up that you can't see. I was going to suggest something different if it was hitting the back and sides but since it is the front not much you can do other then cover it up or blinds in the window.

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