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Old 07-30-2012, 04:19 PM   #11
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I have to wonder if the DIY fridge chiller will cost more to run. The fridge chiller is not made for that kind of demand, it may tax the motor.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:22 PM   #12
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I just want to chime in that while I posted the suggestion, it was given to me by one one the guys at the lfs. I don't have this or any chiller on either of my tanks. My reef runs LEDs and my fowler runs 4 x 54w t5's. The lfs guy did say to cut. Hole on the side for the in and out to make it more efficient. Didn't mean to create controversy.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:58 PM   #13
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That's what our plan is. It may not work. But I want to give it a try before spending $600+ for a chiller when my LFS has a sale on a 180 gallon with stand light/hood for $609 lol. Just wishful thinking. I wish I could find a used chiller so we could get both
We are not planning on it working. Since I am home all day I can keep an eye on it.
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I see used chillers on Craigslist here all the time. Keep an eye on it and maybe you can find a good deal. Best of luck.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:49 PM   #15
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Give it a try and see what happens. I'm just pointing out potential problems, not knocking the idea at all.

If it does not work, then keep an eye on Craigslist. I got my used chiller there for about $200 (Artica 1/10 HP) and have seen them for less since ( of course).
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Oh no I don't mind. Love all the input. We have been watching Craigslist for awhile and the only one was a 1 HP for $550 which is great but didn't have cash at that point
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:43 PM   #17
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You could float some ziploc bags full of ro/di to cool the tank. A guy at the Lfs gave me a DIY chiller suggestion using a mini fridge and some tubing and a pump. Basically having the water run through coiled up tubing through the fridge and back into your tank. Definitely a rigged up DIY version for a cheap alternative. Good luck
I am officially amazed and sooo want to try this. I can have a minifridge beside my tank cooling my water. This would put it beside my couch so I wouldn't have to get up to get a drink! Why hasn't this been mentioned before?
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:22 PM   #18
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Another DIY style could be an ice machine from the medical field. Idk how expensive they are but I have one from many knee surgeries that is a cooler with a pump, valves, flow adjustment, and hoses that circulates icewater around a body part. Possibly one of these could be modified also.
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I would guess the smaller the tubing coiled up the more surface area you place in to be cooled, maybe half inch tubing? Sounded kind of crazy when I heard it, but if your only looking to cool 10 degrees or,less it would work in theory. If we ever set up,the mh on the 180g I might try this...we bought the set up with my and t5's but since we are running fowlr we only have the t5's running...time to,convince the hubby to,go,reef!!!! I guess I should get mine to 100% and scrap the new puppy idea first... Can't DIY this and drop a grand on a new dog! Would have to stock the reef!!!!
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