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Old 06-21-2004, 10:40 AM   #1
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My temp is rasing to about 82... not good.. My heater is off, and Ii do not want to get a chiller, to much of an investment... any sugestions? I thought about filling a soda bottle with water and freezing it, and then floating it in the tank until the temp stabilizes...
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82 isn't a problem if that's your upper limit. Just make sure the lower limit isn't too far below that.

But to answer the question, personally I like the idea of running a closed loop through a cooler with ice water in it.
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But to answer the question, personally I like the idea of running a closed loop through a cooler with ice water in it.
any idea on how to do that? a drawing or website?
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Very simple. Easiest/cheapest way would be to attach one end of a long section of tubing to one of your powerheads and the other end somewhere on the opposite side of the tank. Then just submerge the middle section of the tubing in ice water. You basically just want to circulate aquarium water through a tube which is in a colder environment.
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i was thinking about this the other day after one of my tanks over heated !! what if you used lets say a 55 gallon drum and had your ro unit waste water drip into it and filled the drum with lets say 1/4" hose and let the overflow water drain out ?? my guess ya would be that the cold water would help alot !! just a thought
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Remember if making a closed loop cooler/chiller, the thickness of the tubing is crucial. To be the most effective, the tubing has to be either very thin, or it has to be very conductive, otherwise very little heat transfer takes place. After all, the cooler loop is really just a chiller that is not automatically cooled.
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Yeah, it's probably best if the ciculation is on the slower side too.
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have you thought of a fan? set a fan up to blow over the top of your water. a fan on my system has helped lower the temp and keep it at a stable 80.
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i just keep ice in the sump and let the heater get it to the right temp. keep the sump water cold and then the heter will turn on and keep it at my 80. works great for me
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I am not so sure that the things I have living in my Fuge would like to live in ice water, they seem to like the tropics a bit better. And yes, I kow you are talking about an unplanted sump.
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