How Do You Cool Your Tank? - The Planted Tank Forum
View Poll Results: How do you cool your tank?
Ice cubes directly in water, no conditioner 3 7.89%
Ice cubes directly in water, add conditioner 0 0%
Ice cubes with barrier between water and ice 1 2.63%
Fan 15 39.47%
Fancy-pants chiller 2 5.26%
Don't need to because tank stays cool 12 31.58%
Leave it be though tank is hot 5 13.16%
Other (explain) 6 15.79%
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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-18-2007, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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dont need to because i live in scotland!
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I just turn on the AC. Most of the time my temp reach 85F to 90F during summer hours & my fish don't seem bother by it.

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I don't know about my fauna. But I don't think my plants like my tank being in the low 80's. I prop open my light hood, use AC occasionally. But most of the time I just put big ass pieces of ice cubes in there. Not sure how detrimental it is to my fauna's well-being though.
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A/C keeps the room at 78F
then fan evaporation gets
the water temp to match.


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I just got a clip on fan! And all is well! At coldest at 26.3 degree and constantly at 27 degrees.
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If needed I just add some of my cold drinking water out of the fridge. That way I don't need to declorinate


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While it gets 90s and 100s here in summer (80s and 90s now), we keep our thermostat set between 80-83 depending on how comfortable we are. That isn't too bad, so I really don't see much of a change in my tanks. They're probably around 80, but I don't think its much of a problem. I do a water change or two a week and it keep fresh, relatively cool water going in there.

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Take ice cubes. Set Hagen AquaClear filter flow to low. Drop ice cubes into the impeller chamber. Some ice will get sucked down and grinded up, some will float.

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A computer fan keeps my 15 cool on the rare occasion it is needed.
My 40 gets much hotter, and there seems to be little I can do about it, though a couple times I have gone into emergency cool down mode: lights off, CO2 off, LOTS of surface movement.

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we don't have AC so on the occasional really hot day I will turn all/most of the lights off, put a spacer in the lids so they close with about a half-inch gap for improved airflow (closed enough for jumpy discus) and I also drop the water level a little so there's more surface agitation to both release the heat and increase oxygen in the water (higher temp water holds less oxygen). If the hot spell is going to last awhile, then I will shorten the lighting period and set the lights so they're on in the middle of the night when it's coolest, and off during the day when it's hot. If it's really, really, really hot then I will also freeze a 2-liter of water and let the 2-liter float in the tank to cool it down, and maybe drop the water a little more or dribble in some hydrogen peroxide for a oxygen boost. That seems to work for me really well, and luckily I have south american fish that can handle high temps pretty well. During the summer the temps are typically in the mid-80s during the day. Nights always cool off due to the ocean breezes so that helps too.
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I have a totally space aged tank. Its water cooled.. LOL

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I dont worry about my tank temps...even in 100 degree weather, my tank temps are 80... Amazing what an open top, and Tek T5s will do for you!
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