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Ice cubes in your tank?

To be honest, I know absolutely nothing about this topic, but I thought it would be a great discussion. Have you ever used ice in your tank? Would you consider it? Would you feel safer putting it in a sump? How would you measure it? I would love to hear what you think.
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Not to sound dumb but why does one but ice in a tank?
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Not to sound dumb but why does one but ice in a tank?
To lower the temperature noob

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if your worried that the ice cube will alter the water chemistry you can always put the water in a bottle, freeze the bottle and then put it in the tank. this way after it melts you can also just refreeze it. cheap easy way to cool tanks down during the summer


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if your worried that the ice cube will alter the water chemistry you can always put the water in a bottle, freeze the bottle and then put it in the tank. this way after it melts you can also just refreeze it. cheap easy way to cool tanks down during the summer
Have you ever used this method lamiskool and how many ounces would you add per ten gallons?

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Oh here in MN i've never had trouble with tanks overheating.
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Oh here in MN i've never had trouble with tanks overheating.
Send us some cool weather noob

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Oh here in MN i've never had trouble with tanks overheating.
Strangely, it doesn't seem to be a problem in Florida grow-out ponds. In the summer. In Florida.

Look, if your house is hot enough to bring your aquarium's temp up to dangerous levels, you need to leave your home and seek shelter in a cooler place.
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Strangely, it doesn't seem to be a problem in Florida grow-out ponds. In the summer. In Florida.
I would think Florida would be the last place you'd have a problem. Even in the summer. Nature takes care of all that. This thread is more about alternative measures to cool a tank down. Many aquariums can be seven to ten degrees hotter than your house because of canopies,lighting,etc. It has nothing to do with the house.

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Have an open top tank, ventilate with small fans for a low cost solution. Here in the tropics tanks with heavy lighting can easily be at daily highs of 86f year round. With a fan you could drop the temperature a few degrees. Even at 84f most species do okay. Some people here use chillers for mosses and the like.

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Have an open top tank, ventilate with small fans for a low cost solution. Here in the tropics tanks with heavy lighting can easily be at daily highs of 86f year round. With a fan you could drop the temperature a few degrees. Even at 84f most species do okay. Some people here use chillers for mosses and the like.
I agree. I just thought it would be interesting to see if we could figure out a method of cooling tanks using only ice. ex. 16oz ice bottle in sump of 90 gal, or three cubes in 10 gallon per day etc.

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I don't know if there is a formula, but I use two little 12 ounce Gatorade bottles in my 40b reef. I just freeze them with salt water (lower freezing point, I think) and drop them in the tank on really hot days. It'll drop the tank about two degrees which is enough. Then I just refreeze the bottles. I use the little ones simply because they are smaller and don't smash things around in the current.

I've also heard of people making cubes out of ro water and just dumping them into reef tanks. Using too much air flow over tanks causes excess evap which means more top off, so I prefer the frozen water method. Hope this helps.


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I don't know if there is a formula, but I use two little 12 ounce Gatorade bottles in my 40b reef. I just freeze them with salt water (lower freezing point, I think) and drop them in the tank on really hot days. It'll drop the tank about two degrees which is enough. Then I just refreeze the bottles. I use the little ones simply because they are smaller and don't smash things around in the current.

I've also heard of people making cubes out of ro water and just dumping them into reef tanks. Using too much air flow over tanks causes excess evap which means more top off, so I prefer the frozen water method. Hope this helps.
Good to see you on here Higher Thinking There would be a lot of variables to take into consideration in making a formula, but it might be helpful and cost saving to a lot of folks. Do you add your ice directly into your tank or in a sump if you use one?

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I used to use (3) regular sized (?) water bottles over my 55 gallon to help cool it down, only bad thing is it melts fairly quickly and say if im at work for 8 hours no one is there to put more in.


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[QUOTE=lamiskool;6475041]I used to use (3) regular sized (?) water bottles over my 55 gallon to help cool it down, only bad thing is it melts fairly quickly and say if im at work for 8 hours no one is there to put more in.[/QUOTE

Ok...On the days that you were home, how much did it lower the temp and how long before it melted.

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