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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-15-2017, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Tank was getting too hot. Decided to try and use some pc fans and plexi glass. If i could do it all again i wouldnt!
Tanks down from 83 to 79 in an hour so im pleased with the effort i guess. The lid is still usable from the back and i taped the light so it wouldnt fall off the front. Super quiet too! Havent come up with a soloution for the front yet but that piece of leggo is holding pretty good lol. What do you think?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Not sure if anybody checked this thread but the fans work too well and drop my temps from 82 to 75. Should i run the heater at the same time to stabalize the big swings im having or invest in a better soloution? Thanks.
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I just picked up a jebo fan, its the smallest one they make. it works very well. only complaint i have is that it causes lots of evaporation.

edit. I'm running a hydor eth200 so its always plugged in
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Cool solution. I work with PCs so it is definitely cool to see the fans there. I dont see much sense in running the heater. What species do you keep that require cooler water? Most fish will be fine if they experience some warmer temps as long as it is seasonally.
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Im just keeping platies and mollies for now. It was going up and i wasnt sure when it would stop, also it wasnt even that warm in my place so i didnt want to test it and see it go past 83. Cant believe it did so well but i dont want it to be too cool then too hot sorta thing. Id like it to be steady throughout the summer and much easier with no fans through the winter. Just looking for an optimal environment for my fish buds.
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The only reason i still have my heater on is because its inline so i don't want to replumb everything. Our AC went out so my tank temps were getting very high as well. This little fan has really helped, aside form evaporation.
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FWIW I use an Inkbird controller on my main tanks. The cooling side of the controller turns on the PC fan(s) at a certain then turns them off when the chosen temp is met. Works very nice and keeps excessive evaporation to a minimum. Also FWIW, I only have 2 small PC fans on my 75g tank. The controller is set for 1 degree rise before the fans kick on.


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FWIW I use an Inkbird controller on my main tanks. The cooling side of the controller turns on the PC fan(s) at a certain then turns them off when the chosen temp is met. Works very nice and keeps excessive evaporation to a minimum. Also FWIW, I only have 2 small PC fans on my 75g tank. The controller is set for 1 degree rise before the fans kick on.
+1. I also use the Inkbird controller. Controls both fans and heater. Keeps the tank in a desired range without having to think about it too much. Highly recommended.


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Ill have to get one. Plugging and unplugging is becoming a pain
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I think that's cool! I've looked at the following solution but it was for a much smaller tank. No idea how I'd apply it to the longer tanks but I do like the clip on USB fan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp6QhXArIEY
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What do you use as a power supply for the PC fans? I have a feeling I will need to go a similar route this summer. Thanks!

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I grabbed an old 12v charger I had laying around. Just need to make sure it has 12 volts and enough amperage for as many fans as you'd like. I would keep the amperage double as startup on the fans pulls the most power. I'd also recomend wiring in parallel.
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Thanks @Fishbuds, appreciate it.

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I think that's cool! I've looked at the following solution but it was for a much smaller tank. No idea how I'd apply it to the longer tanks but I do like the clip on USB fan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp6QhXArIEY
I ran that fan in the video with a controller on a 40 breeder. It did a great job and its very quiet.
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