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Old 01-21-2014, 10:56 PM   #1
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Hot Water! Please Help!

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I have set up a new 150g (48") reef tank and my water is staying around 83F to 88F. I have two metal halides, 4 arctic blue T5 bulbs, and 6 LEDs. The tank has been up and running now for two weeks and has not cycled yet. I have read about chillers but have no clue on what to get or what I can do to bring the temp down. What are my options.

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Old 01-21-2014, 11:12 PM   #2
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what temp is your room usually around? try to get some circulation through the room
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:15 PM   #3
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our house stays around 70 to 75F.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:21 PM   #4
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if your after a temporary fixup while organising a chiller you could freeze up some plastic bottles full of water and pop it into the tank... it does work temporarily but they do unfreeze quite quickly while in the DP. So if you get about 8-10 1.25l bottles and freeze 4-5 of them, pop them in the DP, once they've completely unfrozen just put them back in the freezer and swap it with the other 4-5 in the freezer. This method kept my tank at around 28oC for about a month or so before I got the chiller in the heat wave of 40oC
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:27 PM   #5
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I would say chiller or raise the lights up a little higher off the water
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:50 PM   #6
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I can't move the lights up due to the tank cover I think I am going to break down and buy a chiller. Any one got a chiller their not using they want to sale?
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Until you get it just turn off the MHs that should drop the temp a little bit. Not positive but I don't think 88* will reall effect the cycle in anyway
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:55 PM   #8
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What about a cooling fan has any one tried those?
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Don't think it would help on a tank that big. Not sure if it would be cheaper than a chiller but you could look into doing a DIY led fixture and selling the MHs and t5's because I would guess this is where your heat is coming from
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I will start off saying this is simply my opinion but I believe most of your heat is coming from the metal halides and that heat being trapped by the canopy my suggestion is rather than buy a chiller that is expensive and has a fairly high level of power consumption you should look into replacing the MH lights with LEDs you would most likely cut your power usage for lighting by around 50-60% depending on the wattage of the MH lights cut the heat back eliminating the need for a chiller and cut out the cost of bulb replacement for the estimated 7-10 years that LEDs are expected to last
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