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Blue Ice Packs

Anyone know if those blue liquid packs that you freeze are safe to use to cool down your aquarium?
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Yes I have. They work ok, as well as ice anyway. To be on the safe side put them in a ziplock freezer bag. I am not sure what is in them, I see the freezer bag as cheap insurance should it leak.


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thanks for the info
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I'll second what Clone said. My husband uses them to cool his reef and also uses the ziplock back as insurance. He gets about a 3-4 degree drop using 2 in 75 gallons.
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I knew I should I've never thrown out the one I got with my order of plants a few weeks ago. I suppose they aren't that expensive anyway, no? I could sure use a couple.
My 20g is showing 86F with no heater ( unplugged it awhile ago ) and no AC in the house.
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have you;
turned off tank lights?
increased splash from filter by lowering water level or pointing return upward?
increased air flow across surface by opening hood and adding fan?
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The blue things Gary's been using are called Super Ice and he gets them at Orchards for under 3 bucks each.
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ooo that's a good idea. My tank temp is usually around 77-78, but my every time I do a water change my tap temp is about 83-84. I've been dumping in ice cubes made from Brita water (I don't have an icemaker ). The ice packs seem like a great idea.

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I've used those novelty drink cooler ice cube things... you know the plastic colored shapes filled with water that you freeze. Mine came in a plastic "onion" bag, so I can put that in the tank. I figure if they're safe for drinks they're probably safe for fish.
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I used them in my reef tanks placing them in the sump. My planted tanks do not use sumps and I was wondering if they are OK to be placed inside the tank, anyone doing that?

I also thought about placing them under my Eheim canister filter.
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