Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-10-2006, 07:52 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Glendale, AZ.
Posts: 98
Temperature questions

Morning,

I'm getting very close to purchasing a 55gal tank for a FO SW setup.

I'm just wondering about a few things here and there.

What kinds of replacement parts am I going to purchase throughout the year? Bulbs? Filters? Media?

How will I know if I need a chiller? I keep my house at 74 degrees during off peak hours (8pm – 1pm) in the summer and during on peak hours (1pm – 8pm) the a/c is turned off. As a result, the house climbs up to a maximum of 80. In the winter the temperature doesn’t fluctuate as much(68-72).

Is this going to be a problem?

This is my first post, hopefully I don't screw it up.

-elz
__________________

__________________
elzool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2006, 08:33 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California, USA
Posts: 1,538
Replacement stuff or things you'll need to replenish from time to time will be bulbs, filter medias, conditioners, and food for the most part. Also salt mix or premade salt water from your LFS.

When it comes to temps, you want to have as much stability as possible in an aquarium. Temps should be stable at about 76 degrees. Danger arises past 82 degrees. A heater will take care of the lower end. Fans in the light hood or canopy will help the high end of the temp. Depending on where you live and the type of lights you have, a chiller may or may not be needed. Though keep in mind house temp. does not neccessarily reflect tank temp.
__________________

__________________
http://www.tricitytropicals.com
------------------------------------
We, as a people, know so much more about outer space than we do about our own oceans. This lack of knowledge can very well spell the dangers that lay in wait for us.

The oceans surely would swallow us before a rock comes down to smite the planet of it's life.
Nov/2004
TCTFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2006, 01:11 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 181
I think that the water in a tank as large as a 55 gallon doesn't experience as much fluctuation due changes in household temperature. At least if it does it's going to be pretty gradual. I don't use a heater. But then again, I live in Florida. In my case I'm running 4 95W VHO flourescent tubes so I'm more concerned with keeping the water cool which can be accomplished with a fan...
__________________
Reese is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2006, 01:28 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California, USA
Posts: 1,538
Reese, that's what one would think and out in nature it would be little change but in a closed system such as an aquarium...here's an example of a major upset...

A friend of mine has a 140 gallon reef...been up and going for a few years. You'd think there'd be little change in temp...even if the probe to the thermostat for the chiller were knocked out of the sump for just a few hours. Ah no. His cat knocked the probe out of the sump, the tank temp rose up to 85 degrees within three hours from about 79 degrees. The fish fared ok, but he lost more than half the coral. He lives in Southern California.
__________________
http://www.tricitytropicals.com
------------------------------------
We, as a people, know so much more about outer space than we do about our own oceans. This lack of knowledge can very well spell the dangers that lay in wait for us.

The oceans surely would swallow us before a rock comes down to smite the planet of it's life.
Nov/2004
TCTFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2006, 06:29 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 181
Yeah, I understand. But my point was that under normal lighting in a house that's controlled by a thermostat (either AC or heat) you're not going to need to use a chiller or heater. Now if my power goes out say due to a hurricane in September (like it did two years ago), I'm going to be using my generator and floating bags of ice in the sump. I'm assuming that your friend was using hallides or VHO's which do need to be controlled by some sort of cooling whether it be a chiller or fans. Again, I live in Florida. If I was still living in New Jersey, I'm sure I'd be running a in sump heater...

Did that make any sense? I'm really tired...
__________________
Reese is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2006, 06:48 PM   #6
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
I had a 55 for several years and did not use a heater but it also depends on where you have the tank as I had mine on an interior wall. If you have on an exterior wall than you might have the fluctuation. Interior wall will not.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2006, 09:58 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southern California, USA
Posts: 1,538
LOL...Reese...didn't mean to take out your thinking cap while tired...LOL. Was just sharing one of those disappointing temp mishaps, but yes...there are halides on the guy's tank. What was amazing...he had a frogspawn that I swear the bone was just bone. It was bare as can be. Months later, there's a new head growing out of it...so just becaue the corals seemed to have disappeared and nothing but skeleton left...some did manage to keep some bio material behind...LOL.

Go to sleep....(yawn)...you did make sense...

__________________
http://www.tricitytropicals.com
------------------------------------
We, as a people, know so much more about outer space than we do about our own oceans. This lack of knowledge can very well spell the dangers that lay in wait for us.

The oceans surely would swallow us before a rock comes down to smite the planet of it's life.
Nov/2004
TCTFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2006, 10:05 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 181
heh heh...thanks
__________________

__________________
Reese is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
temperature

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Temperature regulation and other questions land locked Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 42 04-10-2008 08:09 PM
Temperature quitters Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 02-22-2006 02:54 AM
Water temperature temperature hyetexa2001 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 08-12-2005 11:53 AM
Temperature batfire Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 12-01-2004 02:23 PM
Right Temperature? vega Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 02-29-2004 07:57 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.