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Old 06-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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Chillers?

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I have a red sea max 250 and want to buy a chiller for it. I live in socal, so the temp can get up there. It is usually very nice though, so i dont need a heavy duty on..just somthing smaller, reliable, and cheap will suffice. Tank got to 89 degrees yesterday...i dont want that happen again. I know nothing about chillers..so someone please help! Thanks!!
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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The jbj chillers are pretty decent. Heard good things a out them. They are pricey though. Any chance you can get a used one on CL?
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:13 PM   #3
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The jbj chillers are pretty decent. Heard good things a out them. They are pricey though. Any chance you can get a used one on CL?
Really? Anything cheaper though? I would check CL..but i literally know nothing about them!! Hah
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:21 AM   #4
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You get what you pay for....

In all honesty, chillers are just really expensive. One model/brand may save you a bit over another, but not by much as far as I have seen.
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You get what you pay for....

In all honesty, chillers are just really expensive. One model/brand may save you a bit over another, but not by much as far as I have seen.
Wow, these things seem like a hassle! Ok, so what other ways do i have to cool my tank down? We cant leave the AC on forever..but i also cant keep adding ice in bags every night!!
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:13 AM   #6
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Honestly, you're just going to need to get a chiller. Blowing a fan over your tank can help but it's not going to make it cooler than the temperature of the room. You can freeze large 2 liter bottles overnight and then add them to your sump/DT and refreeze at night. It can help, but just a hassle.
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Honestly, you're just going to need to get a chiller. Blowing a fan over your tank can help but it's not going to make it cooler than the temperature of the room. You can freeze large 2 liter bottles overnight and then add them to your sump/DT and refreeze at night. It can help, but just a hassle.
Hmm, okay. So the jbj is what i need then? How do they even work exactly? Lol, sorry rick. You seem to be the only one here that knows anything on the subject!
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:18 AM   #8
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You don't need a jbj brand. There are several brands out there that will work well too.

A chiller runs your water either in line with your plumbing or separately like a canister filter and cools your water temp. You set the chiller thermostat, like a heater's, and set it to the max temp you want to keep your water. It's a good idea to set your chiller a degree or two above your heater's temp so they both don't work at the same time.
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Interesting. The thing is, i really dont need a super advanced one. Just a simple, easy to use, smaller one. The temp doesnt go crazy often..any ideas as far as that goes? I think ive got like a 200$ max for a chiller..
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Even a used chiller will probably go for more than $200. What's the temp of your tank at? Mine is hitting 82.5 when it's 106 outside. It really just depends where your tank is located in what side of the house too.
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