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Old 09-15-2012, 03:05 AM   #1
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Low Tech Chillers?


Is there any way to cool down the water in my tank? This southern cali heat is really killin me thermometer is saying my tank is at about 85, any way to cool down the water easily without having to spend that much money on a chiller?
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:22 AM   #2
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Blow a fan across the top of the water, and limit your photoperiod as much as possible.
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:09 AM   #3
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If you have an HOB, drop a few ice in there. Putting it straight to the tank might discomfort some of your inhabitants who stray too close to the frozen object.
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I run PC fans mounted to the back heater cutout on the stock hoods. They run on 12V and are connected to a temp controller from Ebay. (13$ shipped)

It keeps the temps in check, and only runs when it needs to.
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canister filter housed in a drilled mini fridge.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:25 AM   #6
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If you have an HOB, drop a few ice in there. Putting it straight to the tank might discomfort some of your inhabitants who stray too close to the frozen object.
1) +1 Awesome, never thought of this. I guess keeping a canister in a bucket of chilled water might help also.

2) Keep your tank away from corners and 2-3ft away from walls.

3) Portable A/C or fan with timer, and move tank (wheeled metal cart=good investment) to a small room.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:47 AM   #7
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canister filter housed in a drilled mini fridge.
I laughed out loud. That would be quite low tech, though fairly expensive. I like it though. Add in a thermostat controlled power outlet to flip the power on to the canister filter and you would have a pretty decent chiller AND a place to keep the beer cold while you are watching the fish.
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:53 PM   #8
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I laughed out loud. That would be quite low tech, though fairly expensive. I like it though. Add in a thermostat controlled power outlet to flip the power on to the canister filter and you would have a pretty decent chiller AND a place to keep the beer cold while you are watching the fish.
Plumb it all together with the co2 from a kegarator and you'll have a high tech plantedtankerator!
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:10 PM   #9
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This thread is DIY GOLD.
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