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Old 05-04-2009, 08:42 PM   #1
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Temperature Problem

In the morning before my lights come on and after my tank has been sitting all night the temperature is 78F. After the lights have been on a while the temperature used to go up to 80 but now it is going up to 84! My lights don't have a stand they just sit on the top of my tank, could this be the problem?
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:13 PM   #2
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yup, what type of lights do you have? and if you can, try to put like 6-8 inches between the tank and lights, you can try you lfs or petco etcetera for some legs for it or get some sheetrock screws and a couple pot hangers and suspend it over the tank but be sure the pot hanger screws are secure! if your running a heater turn it off
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Old 05-05-2009, 12:19 AM   #3
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You can also try blowing a fan across your tank or sump
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The light I have is a coralife with two 50/50 65W bulbs in it. When I'm out today I'll look at getting legs for it. As for a fan where I keep the tank there is a regular ceiling fan that blows right on it. Would you still recommend getting a fan across the top?
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:01 AM   #5
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Depending on what you wanted to spend, you could invest in a chiller as well.
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:35 AM   #6
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How much do those usually run for?
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Depends on the size and the manufacturer. here is a link

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You have the lights in a canopy? 78 to 80 is not that much of a swing but if it`s swinging up to 84 all the time then that would be a pretty big swing.
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Yea, the jump to 80 didn't bother me but when it jumped up to 84 I was freaking out hoping that my two little Clownfish weren't going to boil. It's weird, I had gotten the temperature thing worked out and it wasn't jumping at all until they came along.

Today I went to my LFS and bought a stand for my lights and now they're sitting about 4 - 6 inches above the water surface. So far the temperature is staying stable fluctuating a degree or two, but nothing as major as it was. I let you know how things are going later in the day, hopefully it stays this way!
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Oh and no the lights are not in a canopy to answer your question Melosu
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