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Old 06-10-2008, 03:25 PM   #11
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Better Yet:

Go!Temp

This puppy runs $40, plugs into your computer, and comes with free software for Mac or PC.

All you have to do is waterproof, as Kurt described.
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dskidmore... guess I misread your post, I thought you were looking for controllers. Seems like that link posted is just a data logger and won't control anything.

delco... think I'm missing something, but a 8-10 degree temperature swing would definitely NOT be a good thing. I'm assuming we're talking saltwater here - maybe it's different with freshwater. A fan blowing over the top of the tank - even blowing warmer air - will lower the tank temperature due to evaporation as dskidmore noted. Even in an 85 degree house, I can keep my tank temp at 79 degrees (and even cause the heaters to come on!), with just a little clip on fan blowing across the top.
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I'm a computer programmer. I already have an X-10 controller box. If I could plug a temp logger into my computer, I'd have a controller a bit later... Granted, its a lot more work; that is why I bought the fancy one instead.

I'm enough of a geek, I actually looked up how to build my own probe. Thermocouples that are not part of an assembled probe are really cheap. I didn't get as far as figuring out the analog/digital converter, but I think I have the parts for one in my attic.
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The fan also pushes away the air warmed by the lights. It's even hotter up in the lights than it is in the house.
I would have the lights off unless you have plants. Or If you do have plants you could run the lights at night when it is cooler. Just an idea.
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:26 PM   #15
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I would have the lights off unless you have plants. Or If you do have plants you could run the lights at night when it is cooler. Just an idea.
I have plants:

(In the middle of some maintenance, please don't mind the mess.)

And I'm already running an offset light schedule. I run from 1-11 in the winter, and 4-2 in the summer. I still have to acchive a 10 or more degree diffrence between ambient and tank temperatures when it gets up to 95 in the house.
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