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Old 10-17-2005, 10:01 PM   #1
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Is a chiller necessary?

I am in the planning stages for a 29 gal and I am trying to determine what will be needed; hence the question. Last summer, my FW 29 gal got to about 85 or 86 during the hottest days. With that being the case, is a chiller necessary?
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Old 10-18-2005, 07:19 AM   #2
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I am looking into the same thing. From what I have heard, you should try a fan first, and see what it can do. The drawback is that you will get more evaporation. In a 29 gallon, you would want to stay on top of water top offs, as the evaporation will change your SG quickly. But, a fan can be a cheaper alternative to a chiller. 85 to 86 is too hot though. Do you have your tank placed near a window?
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Old 10-18-2005, 08:48 AM   #3
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No it is not. Were you thinking that the window would provide for more air flow?
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I think they were inquiring if the tank received natural window light which can drive the temps up in your tank.
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how about a window AC unit.. cheaper and you can get cooled at the same time.. :P
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Old 10-18-2005, 01:02 PM   #6
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Yes, I was inquiring because sunlight will raise your temp and cause algae problems.
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how about a window AC unit.. cheaper and you can get cooled at the same time.. :P
Best advice IMO. Most chillers run from $200-$1000 and you can get a window AC unit for as little as $150 from Home Depot or Lowes

Considering that you only need to chill a 29 gal you could probably get by using a “CoolWorks IceProbe” which still costs around $112.00 and that’s assuming you use a sump.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...188x003&ctt=60

Personally I’d rather also enjoy the cool temps for only $40 more using an AC unit

(Our house stays at 67-68 year round and I have two 200w heaters in my tank to keep it at 78-80)

Also plan on your tank needing to re-cycle again (4 to 6 weeks) from changing from FW to SW if you still plan on using the HOB along with LR before adding fish.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=15
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Old 10-20-2005, 08:02 PM   #8
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Go with the window AC, I use a 5000 BTU too cool my 125 and it keeps it at 84 and under. I also run some other ACs for the rest of the house on real hot days. I also leave the tank doors open and the canopy cracked on real hot days. Fans also work.
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i would go with the ac thing, a lot of people ask if they need a chiler. Why would you want to pay 500 dollars or a litle less to cool your tank by 5 degrees? is my question.

Only get a chiller if its abig tank with a lot of ivestment and you have them money or you have a fish that is strictly coldwater.
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The fan in your canopy was a good idea.
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