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Old 04-20-2004, 12:46 AM   #1
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ice in tank

Ok today we got our first taste of summer, 85 degrees in New Jersey. My tank got up to 88 degrees 8O . I cant afford a chiller for my tank, so my wife says . The next thought I have, why not ices cubes? I'll put some RO water in the ice tray and put the cudes in the sump, why not? Will this work?
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it would lower your salienity and thats about the only problem I would see.. Besides the effect of it not working really....
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What about the cubes in the top off water, to lower the temp. Then putting it in the tank. 1 gal every other day of chilled water has to cool off of the water some right? What about the shock to the fish? I'm thinking if its put into the sump the cooler water would be dispersed through the tank.
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Do you have central AC or a room unit you can use? I have my 20 gallon in a room that receives direct afternoon sun and gets very hot but my tank has rarely gone above 84 degrees F. Try a fan blowing over the sump or over the main tank or both. This will faciltate evaporative cooling but be prepared to top off more often or look into an auto topoff system. I think the fans are the simplest solution. If you want to run AC then that too will work.
The ice in the sump will also work but can be unreliable unless you are there to keep adding ice and checking the temp. I only live a couple of hours from NJ and the temp here today was also mid 80's My 20 gallon with a 175 MH got up to about 83...i have a fan that blows outside air around the tank and 2 fans in the lighting canopy that help also. HTH
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I don't have any fans on the canopy. I'll set the fans up this week end. Point taken about whoes going to maintain ice when I'm not there. Thanks
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Old 04-20-2004, 01:30 AM   #6
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Ice cubes

I'll say it...I think the ice cubes is a pretty good idea if you're willing to do it. You know how much evaporation you have to replace....the ice won't cause a dramatic drop in temperature since it will melt.

...just don't add a whole lot of ice all at once!!!

I use an iceprobe microchiller on my 30 gal. That's pushing the iceprobe, but it keeps things under control anyway.
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Check these out.. looks like one or 2 wuld work GREAT for you !

http://www.marinedepot.com/md_viewIt...Product=CW1111
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Ice probe

I did a review of this product. It is posted in the review forum somewhere...I'm happy with it, but you have to have a small tank. ...but small tanks tend to have the most temp problem.
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Don't use ice cubes, rather freeze ice in a clean waterbottle to prevent a salinity change. Just get a few in a rotation going and you should be set.
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roger awesome thanks for your help kudos to you!!!
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