06-27-2006, 04:45 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
| | Chiller with heater temperature control
I have a 65-gallon planted tank that I keep at 85°F for the discus I'm going to get. My heaters and other equipment are in the sump. As I've found that in the summer, the temperature rises to 90°F, I've decided to get a chiller.
The chiller doesn't have a separate connector in the back for my heater as some do. I'm worried that if I simply set the chiller temperature and the heater temperature separately for 85°F, both will be on at the same time and run continuously. I was trying to avoid getting a separate dual-stage temperature controller since they seem to run $100+.
Does anyone have any experience with running a chiller and heater on their own thermostats? Of course, one solution is to set the chiller set temp higher than the heater one, but then, I may run into frequent temperature oscillations of several degrees over the course of the day. I'd appreciate any input.