chilling options

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  1. Rhino

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    Hi guys

    My tank is nearing ists cycle time and I recently added my MH's
    And the problem I am sitting with is that my tank is runnig high temprature

    Is there any other ways of chilling the water without the very very pricy chillers?

    Thanks
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    12v transformer and a pc fan blowing over the top of your tank. evaporation will go up though
     
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    You can also lok into evaprative coolers
     
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  5. Rhino

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    Is busy with the fans and the power supply. Also busy organizing some alaminium blocks to make a heat sink cooler on the overflow return line with 2 120mm fans with temp controls will post photos when I can hope it works. It should though
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i think the big thing to establish is the extent you want to cool..

    if the area your system in is hot naturally (north facing side of house etc) and always gets sun then you may have to look at extreme measures such as a chiller.. i personally do not suggest aircons as they do not read your tank temp and adjust accordingly..

    but in mild cases a fan should suffice.. just be prepared with RO and kalk for top up :)
     
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    would frozen ro water cubes help/work
     
  8. Rhino

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    New cooling system wil consist of 2 aliminium blocks put together with oval hole in the centre and small holes throug block for cooling 2 120mm fans and 12volt power supply will be connected on return line from overflow. Will update as I can

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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i would not suggest this as you will need so many to drop the water only a few deg and the effect will be short lived

    rather look at an ongoing solution....
     
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    No harm in trying if it does not work I will invest in a chiller
     
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    I have a evaporative chiller for sale, used it for 2 months here in durban but was'nt really effective
     
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    Bob the (reef)builder

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    Talk to reactionut.

    Evaporative coolers are fantastic away from the humidity of the coast. They are about half of the cost to buy and a 50th of the cost to run (eskom).:p
     
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    refferring to?
     
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    Hi Rhino

    Ill say use the 120mm 12v fan bracket i gave you and put some fans in.
    You will need more RO for topup but its gona cost you not even R600

    That worked for my tank in the beginning.
    Just let it blow between your lights and above the tank surface.

    Good luck boet
     
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    We wana see some pics on the heatsink block idea.
    Im realy keen to see this.
    Wont the aluminium be too expensive?
     
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    Where does the aluminium block go? Does water run through the aluminium?
     
  17. Rhino

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    Hi CW and Jayceew

    Still working on getting the blocks from a friend, they work with the alaminium and i can get them real cheap. the alaminium blocks will replace part of the return flow pipe. once i get the blocks i will take some photos and post them as i go along.

    CW might need to incorporate your help on this when i get them.
     
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    Those are some beasts of lights for such a tank, i dunno if anything other than a chiller will work effectively, really keen on the heatsink idea though, post pics!!!:1:
     
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    ok so here is the aluminium block my friend is getting he tok the pic next to a box of sigs to show the size. it's 195mmx125mmx120 blocks

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    i do believe that two of these and two 120mm fans will work great the only thing i need to work out is how to attach the pipes.
     
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    Hi guys just letting you know will be receiving the aluminium blocks tomorrow the I will post pics as I carry along with my chiller build
     
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