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Old 07-16-2003, 04:03 AM   #11
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The last incident of ICH in my tanks was back about two years ago when I was living in a house with no AC and in the summer time during the day the temp would get up in the upper 80's and quite possibly even lower 90's. At night this temp would drop down to the lower 80's usually.

I lost many a fish that summer. Now that I am in a house with AC and I can keep a somewhat consistant temp in the lower 80's the fish are very healthy.
It was probably not the temperature but the fluctuations that got you.

My 10 gal has nearly a quart of evap daily during the summer.


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Old 08-13-2003, 01:34 AM   #12
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Gauge,

If you're still having trouble with your tank temperature (I'm in College Station so I now much fun humid/hot summers can be) you might try a very inexpensive chiller idea I first saw on this web site (check out troutman11111ís posts on the subject). If you have a spare powerhead laying around the house it will cost you less than 20 bucks.

I will attach a couple of pictures for you to take a look at mine, but basically it just consists of a Styrofoam box, 20 ft. of tubing, the powerhead, and whatever cooling source floats your boat. Just run the tubing out of the powerhead from the tank, coil it up in the box (with two holes to let the two slipped tightly into an out-of-the-box), back into the tank and you're all set.

I use frozen gel-filled cold packs (for muscle aches, etc) which I can alternate in out of the chiller depending on how warm the room is. You can experiment for yourself, but I usually get 1-2 degrees or so of cooling from each pack. The cooling takes a few hours to take full affect, but its best that way. I just drop in the packs every day around lunch time depending on how warm the house is that day.

Also, in regards to your question about certain corals liking certain temperatures, I have found that my pulsing xenia prefer temps around 80. Might be a bit low for everything else, but the pulsing is defiantly stronger when the temp is constant around that level.

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Old 08-13-2003, 02:26 AM   #13
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Excellent DIY suggestion colorblindpicas Very easy to set up.

How big of a tank is that helping to cool?

BTW, 25 kudo's for the great info!

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Thanks Steve... those will come in handy since I gave most of mine away tonight.=) It is on a 10 gallon most of the time. But just for kicks I threw it on my 55 with 3 ice packs inside, and it did manage to make a dent in the afternoon heat. Not enough to be worthwhile, but it still works great on the 10 in my room.

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Old 08-13-2003, 08:10 PM   #15
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Here is another DIY chiller it's not my ideal. for the life of me I cant remember were I have seen it from.thay use a small room frezzer
to chill the water with the kind you can put in your room next to your bed. all you do is drill a hole in both sides of the frezzer. and then run some tubing through the holes and loop it into a coil.then run it back out to your sump or to the main tank.make sure you put some calking around the tubing if you dont you well be chipping a lot of ice from inside of it.
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Colorblind... adding a couple gallons of water to your cooler will greatlyimprove it's efficiency. Given that you run it all the time though, you may not want it to get too much more efficient.
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Christopher,

Thanks for the suggestion! I didn't read it until just now.

I haven't been having too much trouble with the tank temp lately. It's been staying around 78-79 degrees. I have a sump now, which causes a lot more evap and keeps the temp down more. I also, turned my heater up to meet the max temp I usually have so the temp doesn't fluctuate much.

If I have a problem, I will definitely give this a shot, though. Excellent idea!!!

Kudos to you!
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