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how many here has an aquarium in there garage? im thinking of putting several 3-4 55's or 75gal in my garage, my concerns is the temperature,where i live we have two types of weather extreme cold and extreme heat (texas)

My garage is a typical subarban house garage with motorized door so when it is close the temperature gets hot inside my garage during the summer, i have no plans of using a chiller, i have no problem with winter heater will take care of that, so if you have a suggestion let me know.

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I don't know if I'd be willing to do that. I feel like the temperature extremes would be too much for your tanks, and your fish would not do well. What kind of temps do you experience in your garage in the summer?
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Heating them is no problem depending on how much you want to spend electric-wise and the sensitivity of what you put in there to cooler temps.

Cooling the tanks down from a garage that can probably reach 100 for stretches is a different animal. Not even gonna touch that one.

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Just have an HV/AC guy run a duct from your unit to the garage it probably won't cost much ND it would keep it nice in there for both as long as you have an insulated door and don't open it all the time

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Issue is really the same as with any aquarium, anywhere with the same options:

1. Choose only stock that can survive the existing conditions
2. Modify the existing conditions externally to the tank
3. Modify the existing conditions internally to the tank

The folks I know with garage tank setups fall in a similar set of catagories:

1. They only use the space seasonally--most often for growout or quaratine, which generally coincides with good shipping weather
2. They enclose the garage and heat/cool it to moderate the temp extremes
3. They invest in heaters/coolers suffiicient to moderate the tank temps regardless of the external conditions.
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I have no idea how hot inside the garage, its pretty hot if the the outside temp is 100F maybe a few more inside the garage when the door is closed. Maybe its a bad idea to have tank in there.
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I don't have tanks in my garage but i did cut a vent in from the A/C. Keeps it cooler but at times it still gets toasty. And I have the insulated garage doors.

A fellow member of our aquarium society has 120 tanks in his garage. He cut a vent and also has a blower in the garage door to get the humidity out and it stays about 80-82. So it could work.

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I've kept 4 tanks in my garage for the past 5 years. It gets over 100 in the garage and down into the 30-40's in the winter.

In the summer the trick was to leave at least 25% of the tank open top. In high humidity areas a full open-top may be needed. This naturally cools the water. I've lost 1-2" per week of water when the temps were above 100.

In the winter I purchased a small oil radiant heater. These are safer than most other types of portable heaters. I then put it on it's lowest setting and kept the garage around 60F even on the occasional cold night in the 20's. I also bought an oversized heater for the tanks. 100W for a 10 gallon etc. This allowed the heater to keep the tanks warm without too much stress. Limiting the water evaporation (90%+ covered tanks) helps keep things stable in the winter as well.
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The added ducting from the house to the garage is a no go. I built a really well insulated room in our garage and I ran ducting from the house a/c into the room. It's not nearly enough. I even went as far as adding a return to make up for the pressurization issue. You actually need to have the whole a/c designed to work with an addition like this (Unless your a/c is way over kill already). Like your house is say, 1500 sq ft. That's likely about what your a/c system can handle. Add another 500 sq ft and something is gonna give.

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A somewhat inexpensive fix would be to install a swamp cooler (evaperative) in the garage. That should be enough to keep the fish happy. One of our local fish stores was basically in an industrial warehouse and it's only source of a/c was a big swamp cooler. They were probably in business for 15 years like that and it's 100+ all summer here.

If you don't do anything to cool the garage, your tank will probably get into high 80's or low 90's.
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I frequent an orchid-specializing greenhouse operation and they use a swamp cooler. All I can say is the darn thing is pretty simple in its' working principle and worth a shot as they can be done pretty cheap. They really do work.

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Hi everyone!

how many here has an aquarium in there garage? im thinking of putting several 3-4 55's or 75gal in my garage, my concerns is the temperature,where i live we have two types of weather extreme cold and extreme heat (texas)

My garage is a typical subarban house garage with motorized door so when it is close the temperature gets hot inside my garage during the summer, i have no plans of using a chiller, i have no problem with winter heater will take care of that, so if you have a suggestion let me know.

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Well, I personally don't have a tank in my garage. But, one of our local breeders has at least 20 tanks in his garage. Most are 20 gallon tall tanks but there was a couple 55's and I believe a 120. His garage is well insulated and heated for the Iowa winters. But he REALLY could use some A/C in there for the warm summer days!!! Stopped buy to get some bushy nose plecos and he was working on water changes (bucket brigade) and it had to be 90+ that day. Felt bad for the guy, but his tanks looked great and the fish seemed pretty happy.

So, I guess the point is it can be done if you really want to.


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