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Putting Ice on tanks

Hi guys, is it alright for placing ice cubes directly in your tank or does this pose any problems in the water chemistry etc?

i am doing this to lower tank temperature and do this in order to top off the water evaporated due to high temps

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Unless the water is treated/conditioned before it is frozen, it is just like adding untreated tap water to it.

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There is nothing wrong with that but if the evaporation rate is that high I would suggest sealing the top if you do not have the time to keep up with adding water.
If heat is a bigger issue I would suggest a chiller to lower temps.

You gotta do what ya gotta do...no 2 ways around it.
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During the hot summer months some of my tanks can get into the mid 80's. I'll throw in some of those reusable ice packs that you use for coolers and such. The hard plastic ones not the soft bag stuff. I always keep a supply of those in the freezer.

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I keep my A. javanicus setup at 84-85F, and it has gotten to 92F (system temp) here recently. It does make keeping some plants impossible (mosses hated it), but overall most plants have done ok at those temps.

Yes, you have to look at the inhabitants of your particular setup, but don't just assume that higher temps will cause harm......


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What has worked for me in the past has been to freeze filled plastic water bottles and then floating them in the tank. There is no worry about effects on water chemistry as the tank water and ice does not mix. You can add as many bottles (within reason) to get the temperature to a certain range


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i'll just share what i do, we are on the same climate region so it might helpful if i share what im doing.

I have a 72x18x18 tank previously i have this indoors but after a month i transferred it to our patio where it gets direct sunlight in the morning and afternoo and reflected light at noon. the reason why i did this is i wanted to get the most optimal light level for my plants and fish, i don't experience any drastic temp changes only large evaporation about 2 gallons per day(i think). i only add aerated water which was sitting for about 24 hours. that's it. plants are growing, and fish is happy.
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thanks for your suggestions guys. I want to decrease the water temp in order to make mosses and other plants grow better because I was advised before that although plants can live in higher temps their optimal growth rate is in the lower temperatures.

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just a fan blowing air across the surface does alot. it got real hot the other day and i forgot to turn my fan on when i leave for work and the temps got up to 81F when i got home. i turned my fan on high and in about an hour it was back down to around 76F
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