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Old 08-07-2009, 08:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you keep your tank cool? My tank is hot. I don't want to get a tank chiller as the cheapest I've seen an inline chiller is like $300. What other methods are there? Lucky you live Hawaii ah?
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Travis,

There are several things that you can do, but it depends on why the temp is too high. Is it from the lights? or is it from summer heat? For lights you can add a fan or raise the lighting up, if it is short term summer heat you can freeze some plastic water bottles and float one or more at a time to bring the temp down. I hope this helps, there may be other suggestions out there
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It may be a little of both. I think its more the ambient air temp than anything but I'll try raising the lights and adjusting the photo-period accordingly thanks Karen!
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What are the temps that your tank is reaching?
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I got a couple fans from felf808, they've helped in dropping the temp about 4 degrees. Did you ever build yourself a hood? Or are you still running my ghetto diy fixtures. If you are, then a couple computer fans would help.
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Super hot 86+ Still running your rig. What kind of computer fans do you recommend? And what skill level of fabrication will I need to install a setup using these?
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Old 08-08-2009, 02:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You have quite a few options but a chiller or having a small room with AC on 24/7 are the best ones. Fans are good for blowing hot air away from a light fixture or increasing evaporation(however I was losing 1 gallon a day with an azoo fan on a 20 long). Ice cubes or ice packs are obviously a temporary solution. Buying a mini fridge and running tubing into it can work but I feel that you'd be getting more out of chiller because they're specifically made for chilling tanks and you dont require a strong filter/powerhead to get the water to flow through however you could run tubing from more than one tank into one fridge. Also, something as simple as aquarium placement can play a big part as well. I have my aquariums on the second story of my home but the first floor is about 5F cooler because it's poured concrete with a very thin carpet. I also moved my tanks away from one of the perimeter walls of the house and the temperature decreased because the sun hits that wall in the afternoon. Having less mechanical equipment in the tank helps. I recently changed out my CF fixture for T5s and now the heat is almost unnoticeable. The cheapest chiller might be $300 intially but I have one and it only costs me about $15 a month; worrying about my CRS dying is a thing of the past. If I think if anything else I'll let you know
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One of my tanks was running in the 90's because of a needlewheel mag drive pump. Had to take it out and go back to a reactor.
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