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Why use a portable AC when you can buy a chiller and factor cost in running the unit compared to AC?
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Re: Best cooling Fans

My ultimate goal when i move to my bigger house is one sump for tigers with a chiller and one sump for my tb and crs with a chiller

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Now that's what I'm talking about!
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I prefer 12v fans which I hook up to a temperature controller that cycles on and off only when needed. Less noise, less evaporation, and gives a handy LCD temp readout of the tank temperature.
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I want to see people's temp controller setups so I can get ideas


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Why use a portable AC when you can buy a chiller and factor cost in running the unit compared to AC?
A chiller works great for 1 tank, however when you have multiple tanks it gets way expensive.

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They need a fan? Poop. I am glad you started this thread. Because I had no idea.
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If you have big size tank like 20 gal+ you should consider using chiller or DIY chiller it better than having to top off every day.

I have a mini fridge and I might do it like this, just drill the hole, insert coil of tube and run it through the inflow and outflow of your canister filter.

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Reefkeeper lite keeping my oebt tank with in .2 of a degree on my oebt tank. Just ordered the DIY controller from amazon for $20 to use on my tb tank. Will be interesting to see how it compares to the much more expensive reefkeeper.
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If you have big size tank like 20 gal+ you should consider using chiller or DIY chiller it better than having to top off every day.

I have a mini fridge and I might do it like this, just drill the hole, insert coil of tube and run it through the inflow and outflow of your canister filter.

I believe the issue with this idea is being able to control how "cold" the water will be? It's a fridge after all and unless this is hooked up to a controller it would keep lowering the temp of your tank until it's around the same temp as your fridge?

If a controller is required, then the mini fridge + controller is probably the same cost as a basic chiller?

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How many outlets does your reef keeper lite have? Because I could use it say to turn on 4 fans if it had 4 outlets


Also does it have multiple prob inputs for say multiple tanks


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It has 4 outlets but I believe you can only run one maybe 2 probes off of it. You can buy another power strip from them that has another probe input but they are close to the price of the original unit. I love the thing to death and control the lights on 2 tanks and led dimming on my oebt tank plus the temp and a wave maker. I got another probe input when I bought the alc, the unit used to dim LEDs, but that was like $80 too. I think if you go with the higher up models you have the option of more probes but not totally sure. Basically they are nice, but definitly not cheap, that is why I am going to try out the DIY temp controller.
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So i ordered 2 other fans I will report on when they arrive


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I believe the issue with this idea is being able to control how "cold" the water will be? It's a fridge after all and unless this is hooked up to a controller it would keep lowering the temp of your tank until it's around the same temp as your fridge?
Yes, heat transfers to cold, not the other way around. The heat leaving the coiled hose cools it, and warms the fridge as a result. The fridge will then be running 24/7 in an attempt to cool itself back down. In turn, equilibrium will only be met if the tank water reaches the setting of the fridge.

Forgot to add. They already have a controller built in, but it only monitors fridge temps.
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