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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Cooling options?

I've got a Finnex 4g with no AC at home, and it is supposed to hit 90F today. The house will probably go up to 85F or so, and only go down to 75F at night.

I see a mention or two of the Zoo Med and Azoo fans, as well as just small desk fans directed at the aquarium surface. Was just wondering how well those options worked for people, and was curious if there is a low-cost temp probe / switch option out there to control power to a fan.
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try the fans, they will definitely lower your tank temp a few degrees, but also keep an eye on water level and top off the tank more frequently there will be a lot of evaporation going on. during hot days also try increasing surface agitation so oxygen levels dont drop too low.




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You could consider reversing the light cycle to on during night hours and off during the day that way the light wouldn't add heat during the hot day. Its just a thought if its to avoid temporary heat fluctuations.
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I was poking around a bit, and see that Azoo and Zoo Med both make heater controllers, but I'm not sure if the logic in them will allow the setpoints to be reversed for cooling purposes, i.e. high=on and low=off.
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If its a real big deal, evaporative cooling is your friend. Opening the top and lowering the water level to allow a spray bar mimic a waterfall/fountain feature will help you a few degrees
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