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Old 05-03-2006, 02:09 AM   #1
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Chiller Question...

Hi Everyone,

I'm very new here but have pretty much read a lot on these forums regarding my new 90G reef setup. Great info and great people...

I have recently setup and plumbed my 90G acrylic with NSW and approx 110lbs of LR. My lighting consists of 4 65w PC's. I'm running a Sedra pump for my ASM skimmer, 900gph return pump in my sump and a 1100 SEIO PH in the display. My house is always about 72-74 degrees during the day. WITHOUT the lights on during the day my water temp reaches 85 degrees. I'm probably going to buy a 1/4 hp artica chiller tomorrow.

My Q is, if I plumb the return hose into the chiller do I need a stronger return pump? I was told that doing it with my current pump will reduce my gph rate to around 500 gph.
Waddya guys/gals suggest??

Thanks in advance,

Sharif
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Old 05-03-2006, 09:25 AM   #2
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I plumbed a pacific coast chiller inline with my mag and it cut down the flow by about 40%.

Need to see how much the chiller can handle before you add a bigger pump. Thats what I was going to do but that would be pushing the chillers GPH to the max.

I added a seio to the tank and all is ok.
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What kind/wattage of lighting do you have and how far above the surface is it? Is it a standard 90 or a corner tank? Is your tank topless? Have you tried fans yet or dropped the temp in the house to 70? 85 is the upper limit that a SW tank should be kept at but if you could maintain it at 82 then you would be fine.
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70 in your house? sounds like a northeasterner.

Here in fla your air would run 24x7. I agree on trying the fans and open top. I have both and my chiller runs about 10 min every hour that the lights are on.
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Believe it or not, I live in SoCal. The house is positioned in such a way that it's cool all the time. BTW, I bought an Artica 1/4 hp chiller today and the flow is fine.

Thanks again everyone
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70 in your house? sounds like a northeasterner.
I was born and raised in SoCal but have lived in VA since 1990. I actually keep my house at 68 year round. Our AC does run quite a bit during the summer but if you have a big enough unit and a digital thermometer you can control it better

Congrats on the chiller purchase
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