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Old 04-20-2004, 09:48 AM   #11
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There was a post for a homemade chiller that worked pretty well for someone, it's in the DIY section. Calls for some tubing and a styrofoam cooler and some ice...
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the freezing of the water bottles is BRILLIANT!!! I would have never thought of this and I too need something to help cool my water in a 125. That is awesome. Thanks for the info! 8O
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even if you don't have water bottles, fill a couple gallon size ziplocks about 1/2 way with water and freeze them laying flat. You can float them in the tank until they melt. I've done this from time to time when my tanks gets a little high in the summer.

The discusion of the DIY Cooler chiller is here:
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No matter which way you go, it is important to have a good heater in the tank to prevent the water from getting too cold. I should point out, that the heater will need to be in the tank, not the sump. If floating the Ice in the sump, the heater will simply stay on all the time and do little good except to melt the ice faster, in the tank it will heat the tank water as the temperature drops.
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Another thing to try would be to put ice cubes in a ziplock bag and place them in the sump. Then you need not worry about SG, and (or) introducing unprepared water into the tank. When they melt, then you just place it back into the freezer and when its ready put it back in. You can also have a few made up in advance.

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