Originally Posted by coralbandit
Since most if not all chillers require a separate pump,which I would guess runs 24/7(only the chiller is run on thermostat) why not incorporate an inline heater like a hydor with a separate control/thermostat.
Then you need to make sure only 1 or the other was operating??
Or have a 2 degree" window" where neither operates???
??Just running with it!!
Well I do have the 300 watt Hydor and that is a configuration I considered. I don't see how the cost of operation would be more if both were integrated into one unit and controlling is no problem, a thermostat similar to an air conditioner would suffice and a 2 degree difference would be enough.
I know I saw a description for one online a while ago, but can't remember the name, but it was a few grand for the smaller ones and they had large ones for commercial systems as well.
I'm thinking a chiller is becoming a necessity for me, like I said, it's only June and my tank is already staying at 82-84 consistently and I can tell some of the coral are not loving it. by mid July I'll be seeing tank temps in the 90's like last year, and floating frozen water bottles gets old fast and causes too big of variances throughout a 24 hour period.
I can tell my chocolate chip star is starting to be effected. Last year one I had half melted in less than a day because of the heat
I've been seeing some local on craigs list for around 2-3 hundred bucks, but I'm kinda sketchy on buying certain equipment used, a chiller being one of them.