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Old 07-24-2016, 05:06 PM   #1
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Fans for cooling, kit or DIY?

My tank is up to about 80 degrees (I like keeping it at 78).

I'm debating purchasing a "purpose built" aquarium fan for cooling, or to just use some DIY solution (small desk fan, etc).

Tank is 40 gallons, 20 gallon sump. I'd be mounting the fan on/near the sump so the DT stays "clean".

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance...
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Old 07-24-2016, 05:12 PM   #2
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I use and see a lot of folks using computer fans . Can run off an old 12v wall wart and small .
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Old 07-24-2016, 05:23 PM   #3
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In/around the sump? I've seen folks use them as cooling for canopies...
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No difference . You have to look at your situation and figure the best way to do it .
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:57 PM   #5
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I found this DIY chiller in the picture archive that really gave me a idea of making one.
this member had a idea that can work for all of us job well done,
I think the only thing I would do different is use a block of ice made from a milk jug with a hole drilled through it so the water hose can run through it.
instead of a ice pack just resting on the hose .



this really utilizes the cooler the fish are shipped in
always wondered what I'd do with all them coolers besides for storing stuff
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Here's a video on a DIY USB fan that the author claims to have had good results with.

I bought the parts myself, but can't figure how to affix them to the tank. Tried velcro, but the fan pulls away.
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80 isn't bad at all. Using fans on sump is going to cause more evaporation. If tank isn't going above 80-82. I wouldn't worry about it. " if it ain't broke don't fix it"

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