Cooling fish tanks?
Howdy. It's been a while.
Today marks the first day of what is expected to be a hot and dry summer in my area. That being said, I'm looking into a semi-permanent solution to cooling one of my two tanks. The second tank (the one I don't have to worry about) is located in my basement, and therefore I don't need to worry about keeping it cool- the basement is doing it naturally for me.
The tank I'm talking about is my 36gal, Central American display tank. Its become a staple in my living room decorum, so moving it to a cooler room is not an option. While I don't have central air, I do have a window air conditioner, which effectively cools the entire house. That being said, when it was 36 degrees C (aprox. 97 degrees F for the Americans on the site) a couple weeks ago, my tank too, was about 30 degrees C (86 degrees F).
For my fish- that is too high, as I have been keeping the fish very much alive and healthy at 27 degrees C (80 degrees F) for several months. I had noted that a lot of my fish, much like humans during hot weather, had become sluggish and weren't moving as much as I want them to be. As a temp. solution, I had put some ice in a ziploc bag, and slowly brought the temperature back down.
So I need a way to assist the cooling of the tank, sometimes without me or anyone else being home. I can get the air outside the tank to a decent temperature, so I was thinking of running a secondary air pump to run a radiator of airlines to bring cool air into the tank. Other than this, I have no other ideas, so if any others have ideas, please share.
36 GALLON "Central American Biotope"
20 GALLON- "Electric Yellow Cich Heaven"