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Old 08-01-2011, 09:05 PM   #1
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Temperature issues!

Ok, so I figured out the problem with my corals! The temperature is 89 degrees! The reason why the temperature is so high is because I have started putting the lights on for 12 hours for my corals! How do I keep the water cooler while giving my coral light! I have a red sea max 34 gallon.
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A lot of people have been having trouble with heat, myself included, from the heat wave across the US. I guess the same rules apply - if you have a hood, open it allow some air movement across it, and can also place a fan to blow across it so long as you realize there will be some water lost to evaporation. Zip lock bags with ice in will help cool down the water too. Ideally, less light should do it. I dropped my 55g FW to 8 hours a day and the temp seems a little more stable. What lights are you actually running?
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A lot of people have been having trouble with heat, myself included, from the heat wave across the US. I guess the same rules apply - if you have a hood, open it allow some air movement across it, and can also place a fan to blow across it so long as you realize there will be some water lost to evaporation. Zip lock bags with ice in will help cool down the water too. Ideally, less light should do it. I dropped my 55g FW to 8 hours a day and the temp seems a little more stable. What lights are you actually running?
Thank you right now I currently am floating bags of ice....
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As for lights I am not entirely sure, just the ones that came with the tank.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:10 AM   #5
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I always had trouble with my old red sea max and high temps. Ended up getting a chiller, but what a hassle because either you have to put it in the cabinet and leave the door open, or next to it which looks bad. Also, trying to get a large enough pump in the back was a nightmare too. But it was the only way I could keep it under 81 in the summer /spring / fall. Those lights just ran to hot.
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Any reason you think you need 12 hours? Dunno if it'll help the temp issue, but 8-10 is fine I think.
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Any reason you think you need 12 hours? Dunno if it'll help the temp issue, but 8-10 is fine I think.
The reason why I had it on for 12 hours is because, the lfs told me 10-12 hours( I am new to coral). I think I will drop the time down now.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:50 PM   #8
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If temperatures get too high most people invest in a cooling device. I don't know if they make one for a small tank you will have to do some research :P
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I was haveing the same problem. My temp was not getting that high thou. I ended up putting a small fan on the top of my hood cooling down my lights. And opening my cab doors. This allowed air to vent in and out around my sump area. I also ended up putting a small fan in my sump area. This saved my tank about 3deg. Not much, but some. Now it runs about 82-83deg. Better then 86-87.
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I was haveing the same problem. My temp was not getting that high thou. I ended up putting a small fan on the top of my hood cooling down my lights. And opening my cab doors. This allowed air to vent in and out around my sump area. I also ended up putting a small fan in my sump area. This saved my tank about 3deg. Not much, but some. Now it runs about 82-83deg. Better then 86-87.
What brand fan did you use?
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