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Old 05-16-2005, 11:51 AM   #1
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Heater temp at 82 HELP!

For some odd reason my temp is at 82 and has been that way over night which I unplugged the heater to have the temp drop a lil since it is a reef. What can I do to drop the temp? Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:00 PM   #2
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If you have salt water ready, do a water change with cooler (not cold) water. I would recomend adding the cooler water slowly as to not shock anything.
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You could float sealed (i.e. ziploc) bags of ice in the water. You didn't say how big your tank is. If it's large, this probably wouldn't be very practical.
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What about making saltwater ice cubes? If you had a sump, you could float them in there. Would this be practical? Would it lower the temp of the tank at all?
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Old 05-16-2005, 02:04 PM   #5
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I have a 55gal. I did a 10% water change with cooler water still no change it has been 2 hours.
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Old 05-16-2005, 02:42 PM   #6
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82 is not bad. I actually like mine at 80-82. A big swing would not be good though. Just try to bring it down slow. My tank is 81.2 right now
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Mine is high too and I am looking for a chiller, being in Fla I have many months of hot weather and I doubt fans will cool it down enough. of course mines at about 84
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putting a fan on the top to blow across the water will reduce temperature through evaporation...which means you'll need to increase freshwater top-offs, probably to twice daily (morning and evening) to reduce big changes in salinity.
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Nothing wrong with 82. I have had mine as high as 83.5...not ideal but nonetheless it has been this high. Also I keep mine around 80-82 all the time.
And yes get a small fan to blow across the top of the water and it will drop it by at least 2 degrees..
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