The summer heat is on and I've been looking for a chiller as of late since the temp is really climbing. I read a few articles about using the cooler and even seeing troutman's idea (http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=4948
). This is one idea that really stands out, I explained this to my brother who is my sounding board and they brought up an idea.
I just bought a XP3 to replace my aging Emperor 400, so they thought that since I was replacing the emperor that I could use that as the chiller and replace the carbon with a reusable ice pack (it seems like some would fit perfectly in place).
I'd be a little worried with using an ice pack, they mentioned those ones you use in a cooler (the reusable ones), that maybe it'd leak or something, since some do contain some chemicals. Then after thinking about that I wondered if this would be too much cooling, or maybe it would be too much at once and maybe it would shock and kill the fish.
I'm not sure if it would cool it fast enough to do any good, and if it did, would it be re-introduced fast enough to shock the fish?