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Old 05-31-2005, 06:11 PM   #1
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MH they have arrived and now with less layers higher temp??

My Aqualight Advanced 20,000K MH have arrived and now since the acclimating is almost over with 3 layers left I noticed my temp at 80-82. I have the temp down to 76 degrees. So heat is coming from lights only. What else can I do Thanks?
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Old 05-31-2005, 06:20 PM   #2
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Well you could invest into a chiller...but the $$ is ouch. 8O I keep my tank running about 80-82 with my lights on. The average reef in the ocean is around 83 so not to much to be concerned with.
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I would not want to see a 76 to 82 swing though. Do you have any fans? I have one fan that come on/off with the halides. You could also put a fan on the sump. 76 to a bit cold to me though. My morning temp is 80-81 and right now it is 82.5.
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Old 05-31-2005, 07:46 PM   #4
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well i made heater go to 77 so maybe it can keep temp at 78 but no fluctuation is at 78-80 when lights off and 82 when lights on just wanted to know best temp to keep heater to keep temp at 82 tops. thanks
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82 is not a bad temp for the tanks so i wouldnt be too concerned about it. I didnt notice that your tank temp was at 76 thats a big difference. Do you have a thermometer in the tank or are you going but the heater? I run my tank at 80-82 all the time and everything seems to do great. HTH
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Old 05-31-2005, 09:57 PM   #6
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I keep my heater on 79 and noticed with the MH it was reaching 82 I was getting concerned. I will keep it at 79
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Sounds good. Do you have fans cooling off the halides?
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the fans are built in but the tank is open Check out the Pix. http://www.flickr.com/photos/59422509@N00/
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Hmm not sure...I would just watch the temp...and see how much it keeps changing
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I am under the understanding that a big swing in temp is bad. If 76 (or 77) is your low (heater setting) and you are getting 80 - 82 with lights on, you have the potential for a 5 degree difference.

I would raise the heater to 79 or 80. The heater will not add heat if the temp is already there. It will just keep it from dropping so much.
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