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Old 05-14-2014, 11:31 PM   #1
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It's gettin' hot in here!!!


Temps are in the triple digits this week and my tank is sitting at 91 degrees right now.
Any good ideas on how to keep it cool when at work?
Floating frozen water bottles in the HOB right now.

Temps are gonna be higher tomorrow and I fear I may come home to boiled fish and not the yummy kind.
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:38 PM   #2
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If you have some fans you can point them at the water surface it will help cool the water.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:19 AM   #3
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Fans can only cool the tank so much. If the air around the tank is hot, it won't really lower the temp of the tank with a fan. As it stands, the frozen water bottles is probably your best bet.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:23 AM   #4
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I meant to use the fans with the ice bottles. It will help avoid boiling fish.
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well I lowered the water level a bit to provide a lot more surface agitation to help oxygenate, and have a fan in the window blowing down over the tank and floating ice, temps actually went up too 92 but have started to drop after lowering the water level. now down to 90.
There is a Fiji damsel, a Green chromis, Fire Goby, Banded Coral Shrimp, 5 hermits and a nice collection of little hitchhikers that came with some chaeto I picked up the other day, five brittle stars, a few worms a few snails and a plethora of miniscule white starfish that I fear may become a plague.

So far the only one noticeably distressed is the Fire Goby, he's just sitting in his cave leaning against the rock.. he definitely isn't happy at the moment. he did come out and eat a little but then right back in where he is lying down
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How big is the tank and how many bottles do you have? You may need to add a few more.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:46 AM   #7
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it's a custom, 25"w 13"d x 20" tall, approx. 30 gallons.
Well there were 3 bottles in the freezer when I got home,(somebody's gonna be pissed ) I have done one at a time and they last about 15 minutes before it's warm, then grab another....

My main fear is tomorrow when nobody will be here to check on them....I fear I may lose the gobie.

Gonna set it up the best I can and hope we finish early tomorrow.....and cross my fingers.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:54 AM   #8
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That is really fast. are the bottles completely frozen? I would definitely put a few bottles in at a time to help cool it a little faster.
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Old 05-15-2014, 01:04 AM   #9
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yup, bottles were completely frozen, it's just really friggin' hot!

problem is it takes a while to freeze a water bottle and I just used ones I'm sure someone was looking forward to enjoying...Ima gonna be in troooouuuubllllle

gonna go stock pile some now
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your in Phoenix, how do you deal with it without $500 utility bills?

I could run the AC, but then I wouldn't have enough money to pay rent and would have to live in my car and there is no room for the tank, my kids and the wife, so I guess the family will just have to manage on their own.....
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