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Wow it's hot...

Hey, what do you guys do to deal with heat problems during summer time? I live in Southeastern Louisiana, and boy does it get really hot down here.

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i haven't had a summer with this tank yet, but when i was a kid, i would make de-chlorinated ice cube to drop into the tank when things got hot!
someone probably has a better idea...

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Fans pointed at your water's surface should increase evaporation dramatically and thereby cause cooling. Granted, I don't live in the tropics, but during our hot season (Aug 4th - Aug 11th ) I used this on my reef tank with great success. Without the fans, the water would climb to 90+ if I let it. With the fans on 24/7, I could maintain 78 no problem (and that was with 780 watts of light over a 100 gallon tank).

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Ya fans are great, but if that is still not enough, you can freeze 2 leiter bottles full of water (leave a little air) and then you don't have to declor anything.

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Unplug the heater?
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In Iowa, we get good and hot (humid too but that doesn't affect the tank, just humans and livestock), I have this new technology called air conditioning, works great

You can replace the top with something more open, I use "egg crate" which is a plastic light diffuser for dropped ceilings, comes in 2X2 and 2X4 sheets, easily cut to size, the mesh is small enough that no creatures have escaped but let's plenty of air circulate, and sometimes you just have to reduce the photo period or change it. I've found it helps to have the lights on overnight when it's usually cooler and cut back to 8 hours or so with no ill effect on the plants except for a slightly slower growth. Maybe step up the water changes at the same time to help keep back algae.

I'd be careful with artificial cooling, you want to avoid temp swings.

If money isn't problem, get a reef chiller.
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Of course that smile leaves your face when you find your summer cooling bills as high as winters heating bills.
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The fan blowing over surface is very effective. Evaporation takes away lots of heat, and this is what we recommended to newby reef keepers when they do not have the doughs to spend on a chiller units. The best part about evaporative cooling is ambient room temperature can be higher than the water temp, but it still works.

The only influencing factor is the ambient room humidity. If the humidity is really high, moist air blowing over water surface won't help evaporation. It is recommended to get a de-humidifier to keep room humidity down.
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Maybe a dumb question... But anywho...

What is HVAC?
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It's air conditioning. Just keep your room or house cooler than usual. I added a small window unit in the spare room where my tank is. Otherwise wifey gets cold if I crank the central for my tank.

You care about that tank more than me!!HAHA! Just kidding.
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Maybe a dumb question... But anywho...

What is HVAC?
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning.
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Chillers are out of the question for me. I saw some at Dr. Foster and Smith around $165 for chiller and temperature control. I'd rather spend that money on pressurized co2. Fanning is also out of the question, the humidity down here is horrible. Good ole' AC should do the trick!

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