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Old 01-12-2010, 04:28 AM   #11
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Sorry to hear that Sharpie. My corals have been hammered by the heatwave here. I only lost one fish though so not too bad there. Total of $90 coral and $30 fish lost so far quite likely to lose another $125. The only thing that has made it through completely unscathed is my corallimorphs. Tough little buggers.

The water bottle idea; I always do that, or if no frozen bottles are handy then fill a zip-lock bag with big ice cubes (like from a fridge dispenser) and put that in. If you do that I recommend putting a little bit of water conditioner into your tank, just in case the bag leaks. It can't hurt your fish.

As for chillers, I asked at the LFS I do work experience at and they said the cheapest is $650. Ouch hey? Thats an external.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:48 AM   #12
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Ebay is good, I almost got a chiller for $120. I was like, Nah, Prob will not need it. Now i wish i had it.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:05 AM   #13
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It's like that isn't it? Nah sheel be right then bang, all dead.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:50 AM   #14
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RIP To all fish and corals lost in the heatwave!

I started testing water params thinking there was something wrong, it made it worse when they were all in check.
Not the only Aussie fighting a hot battle. I don't feel so bad now
Ahh well it's all a learning curve. (expensive mind you )

Will keep plenty of frozen bottles of water and ice cubes on hand incase we get another wave!

Australia stuggles through heat waves, while the US and Canada bear sub zero temps... CAN'T THE WEATHER BE EVEN ALL YEAR ROUND, no need for extremes!

I have a hooded tank and I had to drill and cut to install my protein skimmer without it looking nasty. I don't really want to pull it apart and try to find a spot for the inlet and outlet for the chiller.

I might end up buying an AC for the room
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:07 AM   #15
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:36 AM   #16
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4 degrees over 3 hours is nothing to be alarmed about. If it is a freshwater tank, you could freeze up some ice cubes treated with chlorine remover, but yes a small frozen water bottle or ziplock bag of ice will help.
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:27 AM   #17
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There is a "drop-in chiller" that you can look into. It's...sorry to say a little more expensive than an inline chiller, but for a smaller tank it may not be so bad. Check e-bay and Reef central for good buys. Just be sure to check out the reputation of the person you are buying from. I had a bad experience with a seller on reef central, but PayPal worked it out in my favor. It just can be very frustrating.
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:29 AM   #18
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I would suggest that you ride it out. Fish are resiliant and I would not invest in a chiller for the type of set up you have at this time.
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Hows the temps in Adelaide ATM Sharpie? It's cooled down in the Gong, my tank was actually at 26C with no assistance today.
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31 today, 37 tomorrow

26!! WOOOO!!!

The temp in my tank has dropped enough over the past week or so - the tank has been sitting around 25-26 for the past couple of days. Have ice bottles on hand for tomorrow, hope nothing happens while I'm at work!

Corals going OK??
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