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Old 04-18-2005, 11:49 PM   #1
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Its getting Hot!

The temp in my tank has been getting a lot warmer now that it is getting warmer outside. I don't have the $$ to invest in a chiller. Any other recomendations on getting my temp down?

I removed my glass tops and put a fan blowing across the tank. Heaters have been turned off. Don't know what else to do?!?!?


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What is the ambient temp in your room?
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Old 04-18-2005, 11:56 PM   #3
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70-75 max

Temp in tank was 84.5 at 1900 today
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Are you saying you took the hood off and put something like a rotary fan or box fan to blow on the water?
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No.

removed the hood, and have a fan blowing across the top of the lights.
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Have the fan blow across the water. This will increase evaporation and should easily lower the temp of the water 2-4 degrees. No need to turn your heaters off they have themostats and will cut off when they are not needed in addition you want to minimize the temp fluxuation and its possible the heaters will need to come on for a short period at night to keep the water from dropping to much.

Instead of putting ice cubes in the water you can float frozen water in jugs. This will keep from lowering your salinty by diluting the tank. If you dont have corals you can shorten your photo period
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how long do you have your light on, because i was have the same problem because they(lfs) said that i leave my light on for too long so they sugguest to lower the hours of service with the light and to use timer on power head instead of having all of them turn on at once, i was able to lower my temp in my tank for 2 - 3 degrees so i hope this will help
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Fishfreek said it right. having the fan blowing across your lights only helps in cooling your lights. Fans blowing across the water surface will make a difference.

I tried using the ice cubes in a ziploc bag (small tank) and all I can really say is that the ice melts darn fast and I didn't feel like going back and forth for more ice. Using ice is only a very short temp fix.
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My light is on a timer 8am to 10pm.

Last night I added the fan, and removed the glas cover. Today when I got home at 1900 the tank was 77.5!

I added another fan on the other side of the tank blowing across it as well. Hopefully those will help keep the temp down. The heaters are still plugged in, so if it gets too cold it will keep the tank at 78.
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