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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping Your Cool

I was curious to know what you guys do during summer months to keep your tank cool?

I ask because I have a CRS tank and keep it around 74-75 F. It's not even summer time and I noticed today my tank was above 77 F. Nothing drastic but I know CRS like it cooler. I have a Fluval G3 so I've been putting CVS ice packs on top of the filter (so not even directly in the water) and it cools it around 0.5 degrees over an hour.

Today I dropped in an ice cube to try lowering it. I was wondering what you guys have done to lower it? I'm more worried in real summer months when the temp goes above 90F... I do have air condition which will help, but if I could drop in an ice cube safely that would be even cheaper.


Edit - Just saw a solution online of putting ice cubes in a plastic bag then floating it on the tank, think I'll give that a try!
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Fan blowing over the water. They sell clip on tank fans on [email protected] for cheap cheap. I can cool my crystal tank with a old wired up PC fan by like 10 degrees in a few hours. It works so good I have to put it on a timer to go on and off throughout the day. It will evap your water more but the water being warm will cause itself to evap as well, so either way you'll get evap.

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Fan blowing over the water. They sell clip on tank fans on [email protected] for cheap cheap. I can cool my crystal tank with a old wired up PC fan by like 10 degrees in a few hours. It works so good I have to put it on a timer to go on and off throughout the day. It will evap your water more but the water being warm will cause itself to evap as well, so either way you'll get evap.
This would be great to have on a temp sensor. Good idea.
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When my heater broke a few weeks ago, I decided to wait a little bit to order a new one, but my thermometer is still reading 80-85 degrees typically. Drops a bit at night, but not much. I'm going heaterless until it gets cold outside again. I'm sure my rams and cardinals love it.
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This is my first FW Planted tank. Previously however, I spent years as a reefer and a FW fish only tanker.

So, my past experience has been that the tank's (Fresh and marine) summer time temperature rose to approximately 80-82 degrees. Normal water temperature during the winter months is 76 degrees.

In the ten years or so that I have been keeping these tanks, the increase in temperature over the summer has never caused a problem with the inhabitants - fish, inverts, or corals.

The caveat is that this will be my first summer with a FW planted tank so unfortunately I cannot give any advice as of yet.

That said, reefers often purchase chillers to keep water temperatures cool. I've never used one, don't know how much they cost, but if I recall reading about them I think they work really well.

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Great I'll try putting one of my mini fans on it to blow at the water. That'll be easier than the ice cubes in plastic bags.
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