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Chiller Suggestions

Going to set my 90g tank back up, but wife won't allow it in the house, so my only option is the garage. Since I live in the south now, summers get hot. Any suggestions as to what chiller to buy? I like to buy something used to save some money.
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Go as big as you can afford. You don't want some 1/10hp job running 24/7 trying to cool that thing down. Also, you might be amazed at how well a fan blowing across the water will drop the temp.
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I am in the same boat. I am in the south and I will need to run a chiller setup for 5-6 tanks. 5 in my garage and maybe 1 inside. Problem is my garage is not conditioned space and its probably 85-100 degrees in there. I haven't purchased a thermometer yet to get an idea. But my plan is to attempt a DIY chiller.

I am limited on my wattage usage so I can't run 5-6 chillers. Nor do I want to buy 5-6 chillers. I will be attempting a diy compact refrigerator or freezer in which I can run as many tanks without worrying about wattage. Even though the manufacturer states not to place these units in high temp areas such as a garage, it will be a gamble to try and pull off. In my case I plan to run plant only tanks for a summer and winter to see how the conditions measure up before adding fish to the mix.
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I am in the same boat. I am in the south and I will need to run a chiller setup for 5-6 tanks. 5 in my garage and maybe 1 inside. Problem is my garage is not conditioned space and its probably 85-100 degrees in there. I haven't purchased a thermometer yet to get an idea. But my plan is to attempt a DIY chiller.

I am limited on my wattage usage so I can't run 5-6 chillers. Nor do I want to buy 5-6 chillers. I will be attempting a diy compact refrigerator or freezer in which I can run as many tanks without worrying about wattage. Even though the manufacturer states not to place these units in high temp areas such as a garage, it will be a gamble to try and pull off. In my case I plan to run plant only tanks for a summer and winter to see how the conditions measure up before adding fish to the mix.

Why not seal up the garage area and insulate it then put in a window ac unit built in, much more economical then running chillers.

Just remember teh chillers cool the water but that heat has to go somewhere and they will crank out alot of heat.

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I also personally think it's more economical, especially when you have many tanks to cool, to just move them into a small room and use either a window or portable a/c unit.
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If I had a small room to use I for surely do it. My house is small and I have no other place to put them in if I want to run the setup I planned to have. I have my doors insulated but that won't be enough. My garage is a two car garage and treating the whole area is out of the question. That's alot of space to cool for a few tanks. My electric bill would suffer for sure. Plus my garage has brick exterior and its on the opposite wall were my tanks will go.

The only thought I had in mind was to actually build a fairly small room around my tanks and insulate those walls. Then I would consider at the most a portable a/c unit for the summer months and scratch the diy chiller. To combat my heat issues, I thought about installing 2-3 110cfm .8 sones exhaust fans from Home Depot. I installed a couple last winter for my bathrooms and they work great.
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Check out the reefing sites. There are usually many up for sale at this time of year as people upgrade or leave the hobby.
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You can Google DIY ones also. There's some great projects out there using mini fridges or freezers for much cheaper then a lot of the commercial chillers.
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What about a bar keg-cooler system? You could DIY it into a chiller. I think a lot of the hoses would be compatible or adaptable to a tank water pump.
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You can Google DIY ones also. There's some great projects out there using mini fridges or freezers for much cheaper then a lot of the commercial chillers.
That's what I was referring to. Another benefit to them is being able to run multiple tanks from one frig.
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Unless you are trying to prove a silly point, I suggest you steer clear of any DIY attempts.
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