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Old 03-28-2004, 04:23 PM   #1
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Via Aqua Chiller? Any good?

I am looking at a chiller becasue my tank has about a 5 or 6 degree swing during the day and that bothers me. I would rather drop some money on a chiller then stress my friends with heat. Hell, I run the air in the summer, I might as well get them a water conditioner.
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Old 03-28-2004, 05:45 PM   #2
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What is the "high temp" in the temp swing? If it's not to high, you can use a heater to control how low it drops when the lights are off. FWIW, there was thread about chillers not to long ago.
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Old 03-28-2004, 05:56 PM   #3
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Temp ranges from 79.5 up to 85.5 today, and it is only March. If having a stable temp is very important, I would put $350 into a chiller to maintain the stable environment. I am going to keep researching and will post back if I get one.
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Old 03-28-2004, 06:12 PM   #4
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Do you have the option to install a fan over either your sump (if you have one) or tank? Blowing water across the top of the water can typically fix a lot of temperature problems.
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Have you employed the use of fans to encourage evaporation?
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Old 03-28-2004, 08:21 PM   #6
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I have two 80mm fans blowing as we speak, but the heat form the PC's and MH is just too much! I may be able to reposition them for better efficiency, but I do not think it will make a big difference.
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Ah...well then the next logical step is a chiller, just beware, it may cool the water but will make the room it's in pretty hot. Make sure you have a way to either put it in another room (like a closet) or a way to vent the heat.
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Agreed. You definitely need to do something, though. That's a horrible swing in temperature. I'm surprised your fish don't react extremely negatively to that. I used to have a 3-4 degree swing in my tank, and I believe it to have been the cause of many deaths in my tank when I was first starting out in the hobby.
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I am in month 3 of having the tank cycled, so I am trying to take care of the situation early before I have any deaths. Thanks for the input.
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Old 03-29-2004, 11:46 PM   #10
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Bought the chiller today, will let you know what happens in a couple weeks.
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