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Okay, so I've got a tank that I plan to put OEBT shrimp in. Right now the temp is staying right around 75 room temp is 73-74. I'm wondering if anyone can think of a good way to cool it down. Being that it has a closed top I can't exactly just use a fan, but maybe there is away to install a small fan in the hood? The tank is one of these


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75 should be fine for OEBT's.

20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.

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Really? I thought optimal breeding temp was around 72.


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If you have/want to shell out some $$$$ you can buy a SW chiller but I would say they are fine.


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I suppose I can give it a shot, I just hope the temp doesn't fluctuate too much, I'm sure it will fluctuate a degree or so throughout the day.

Kinda want something in place as a precaution though.

I'd rather not purchase a chiller, lol.


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There are tiny pec chillers that you could use.... I'd try rigging up a small muffin fan first though..
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I use a few PC fans inside the hood of my 72 gallon to drop the temp. in the summer. Usually lowers it about 5 degrees or so. The only downfall is that it speeds up evaporation like crazy. Lowers about 5-6 gallons a week. I don't know anything about your shrimp, but it's an idea if you're just talking a few degrees.
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There are tiny pec chillers that you could use.... I'd try rigging up a small muffin fan first though..
Could you Elaborate on the muffin pan thing? Not really sure what you mean, but it sounds neat.


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I thought about using a PC fan, but it might even be too big for my little 5 gallon, I'd have to see if I can even fit it in the hood.... I might try it out though.


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The temp should be fine.
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Okay looks like people are saying temps will be fine, so my next question is how high is to high? The tank is on the southern wall of the room it is in, but there are windows on the west wall, so I'm assuming the temp will heat up in the evening hours. I don't expect it to go past 77 which I'm thinking will be borderline okay?


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If the temp hits 77, you're pushing it. They make similar fans to PC fans that are smaller that you could mod into that hood.
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If the temp hits 77, you're pushing it. They make similar fans to PC fans that are smaller that you could mod into that hood.
Temp is curenttly 76.7... Could you point me in the direction nof those fans, please? I'm going to pick up a computer fan at work tomorrow, to see if I can make that work.


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Found a small 12v Fan in an old car radio, so hooked the thing up to a Ac adapter. I ill probably install it into the hood tomorrow evening. Might end up needing another one, but for no I'm going to see if one will be enough first.


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One will likely do you quite well -- the main cooling mechanism will be evaporation, which doesn't actually require that much air flow. I have a fan on my 40 tall that only pushes ~3 cfm, and it keeps my temp down and condensation cleared out of the hood for me.
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