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Old 08-04-2009, 02:57 AM   #1
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Thermoelectric Chiller / Heaters

All, the other night I was browsing around and came across a site that had thermoelectric heater chiller combos and made them up to several hundred gallon size. I cannot find the website again.

The ones for a 100G tank was about the size of a brick and had three fans on the top.

Do any of you know what I am talking about. It looked neat and better than a traditional cooler and I wanted to research them more.

I am not talking about the Azoo or the ice probes.
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I am actually curious if it is at all necessary to have these. Are they important?
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:18 AM   #3
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sorry i cant help you bhammer.

are they necessary? maybe. it really depends. they are more important in sw tanks but if you live in a hot place or have fish/shimp that need cooler temps then the house is it can very well be necessary.
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How much did they cost? I found some but their over a grand. It more or less depends on if your aquarium gets too hot, especially in the summer.
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To be honest, my suggestions is skip the hundreds of dollars on a chiller and just get an "in-window" A/C unit. I have one because my room gets pretty hot during the summer and all i have to do to get my tank to cool down is put the fan on medium blast. 5-10 minutes later, the tank is down to 78-80 degrees. And it cant get any colder than that because of the 250w heater i have in there. The A/C unit cost me 65$.. alot cheaper then a chiller and WAY more effective imo. But then again, i've never seen a chiller in action so yeah.
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why is it called thermoelectric? whats special about it?
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It uses electricity instead of vapor compression to produce cold. Thermoelectric works off i believe the Seebeck effect, heat transfer through dissimilar metals. So it can work as a heat pump, both a heater and a chiller. It's terribly inefficent though.
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oh so its worse than the kind you would find at the lfs?
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oh so its worse than the kind you would find at the lfs?
Well I wouldn't say WORSE. I'd say over priced and not worth it. They may be great for 10G tanks but anything over that means it will be running all of the time (atleast in the Texas heat!)

Refrigeration units are just more noisy really.
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Chiller VS window AC. the difference is that a chiller will keep your tank at a stable set temp. Where as a window AC would have to be running all the time to keep your tank at a stable temp.
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