chiller inside or outside ?

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  1. Wade30

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    Hey all,

    Please could you help me with some advice. I live in Durban and today is a rather warm day. I recently bought a hailea chiller. rated 50 to 400l my tank is just under 400l with sump. I have taken heater out tank and set chiller to 25c, current tank temp is 27.4....

    my chiller is inside a cabinet, and it seems to be might hot in side there. My question is should I move it so it can sit next to my tank so it can breathe cooler air ? hopefully this would enable it to work better. Because at this point i dont see much improvement by owning this chiller. :eek:

    Thanks guys!
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i would run it beside your tank so that cooler air can remove the heat build up
     
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    Not clued up on Chiller but what is the Chiller rated for...?..I believe that could be a big problem if to small...

    PS...OK just saw what it was rated for...isn't it the "norm" to go for one bit larger that actual Tank size...?
     
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    a chiller shiould preferrably sit outside the house under cover but second best is in a well ventilated area beside the tank..

    chillers (i assume all brands, i know resun does) actually switch themselves off when the ambient temperature exceeds a certain temperature to protect the chiller from overheating and burning out..
    its a failsafe

    but the better the room ventilation the better the chillers performance...
     
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    hey guys,

    Thanks for the speedy replies, okay I now have just moved it to besides the tank, and it sits in front of a sliding door, which we open on hot days, so I will give it a day and see if temp settles, my tank is a 4 ft with a smallish sump. perhaps the chiller could be a bit small. ?

    Happy reefing !
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i think your chiller is fine for that size tank, i am sure there will be better chilling now that it can breathe
     
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    Chillers - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
     
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    Hi all, well today has been blisteringly hot the chiller is battling a bit, but tank has been steady at 27.4c still slightly warm. What i am going to do is sell it and buy an uprated one.


    i do have another question though. my DT is 1220 x 450w x 500h

    i have 4 x 54 Watt T5 pendant.

    Is this enough light for my corals to thrive ?

    Thanks all !
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    it all depends on which corals u are keeping or plan to keep
     
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    well a the moment I have some zoanthids, a pincushin , a brain coral, goniopora etc... would like to get some hard corals etc. should I buy a second pendant and double what I currently have ?
     
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    i hate normally teeling people to spend more but at 500mm deep i would suggest 2 more atleast
    i run 8 x 54 on my tank and its perfect
     
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    yea I understand where your coming from. But I thank you for the words of advice. And will look to improve my lighting.

    if my temp fluctuates from 26c to 27.4 c is this okay ?

    sorry for all the questions....
     
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