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Like any tank, I have to assume that with a bit of work and effort, the right balance of nutrients etc could be found to make natural light tanks possible, but if the source is a window, it would obviously result in an abbreviated photo period that would be too short. I would also think that it would be better to find a way to diffuse the light as opposed to a sun bean shining directly in the tank as long as you can still get good intensity for a sufficient period. Perhaps it would be better to try and pull it off in a sun room or similar.

I did have a 40 gallon on my back porch for awhile last summer, it just ended up there and I had a habit of throwing trimmings in it while looking for a home for them and they did grow and algae really wasn't a problem, but over the long haul it's going to be a bit more complicated I would think.
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