Newbie Heating issue

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  1. spazman

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    Hi Guys,
    Im new to this forum and to "Marine Tanking" :)

    The issue I face is that I live in a kinda warm house, my I have a 180 - 200L tank. today i noticed the temo was 30.2 degrees and rising. I switched off the lights and switched on a normal FAN the current temp now is 7.8 still a bit warm i want it 26.5

    Im looking at geting a Dophin MC790 Chiller will it work? Im struggling to get details about it on the net?
     
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    What other equipment do you have in the tank? Return pump, skimmer etc..
    Also, What lights do you use?
    And what live stock do you have in your tank?
    Is your tank open or covered?
     
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    Hi, Thanks for the reply
    I have a +- 100*80*50 tank. Deep and long but narrow.
    Im housing 2 x clown; anenome; Regal tank; and some other ugly fish green blue damsel I think.

    The tank has a overflow pipe on the side and the water runs into a sump. The sump has 2 chambers 1st one I have overflow pipe and skimmer. Second chamber I have +- 8KG live rock, carbon and return pump.

    For the lighting I have
    2 x 24w 10K T5 Daylight
    1 x 13W 14K T5 Daylight
    2 x 24W 10K Actinic
    1 x 13W 14K Actinic
    and yes its a sealed tank with small vents on the top, the sump is open

    Hope it helps
     
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    A chiller would be a wise choice especially now that summer is getting closer
     
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    What is your opinion of the dolphin mc790?
     
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    I personally do not like sealed tanks, even though it has small ventelation holes, as evaporation takes faster than it can escaoe thru the holes.. Rather add a few computer fans on the side of your lid (if your canopy allows it as well as a fan or two over your sump area. Btw, there are other ways to cool your tank too, eg, trickle filter, cooling tower etc
     
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    Do you have any info on the trickle filter and cooling tower how it works
     
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    Spazman, i sooo wanna help you now, but my eyes are closing down on me, and the fingers cannot type without the eyes... But i will bump your thread now for all to see in the morning.... In the meantime, you can use icepacks or frozen 2lt coke bottles to keep your temp down... @RiaanP @crispin @dallasg @Gesiggie @LeslieHempel @viper357 @rob189 @Rory
    Lol, one of them should help you out with all the info soon
     
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    Mr K, are you getting lazy??:whistling:
     
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    Looong day. Tag nemos also, he just pm'ed me... It means he is still awake...good night guys
     
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    yup i am still bright a bushy tailed.:)

    and bud spazman has gone to bed...
     
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    IMO a chiller is not your problem. you need ventilation in the tank hood.
     
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    Alternative is to add computer fans over the sump. Not pointing down, rather positioned so that it blows over the sump. That could easily drop the temp by 2 or 3 degrees, but you will end up to top up RO a lot.

    Funny combo of lights you have. You said deep tank, so its 800 mm deep I presume. How deep in the tank is the anemone? Only bubble tips could be housed under those lights. And that do depend on the position.

    You really need to upgrade the light unit, or need to give the anemone another house.

    Please post a picture or 2 so that Its clearer what your system looks like. It would help in giving the best advise.
     
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    hi

    while the chiller is an option, i have one for those hot days, there are many things we can try

    but thru my experience the rise in temp if gradual is ok, i have been on reefs in 32deg water and as cold as 19deg, so the long term effect is minimal, remember in all situations, never panic, now my garage tank has seen 31deg water, it was over a 5hr rise etc and no ill effects to this day and its been there 2 years...

    so lets start by adding simple cooling fans to over the sump and maybe 1 over the tank, while very effective, your evap will increase and you will need to have more RO for topups
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    Looks like the "old" boys were awake:biggrin:. Oh don't worry this old boy was watching US elections at 12!:p
     
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    Fans

    I assume the fans didnt work hence now you have the chiller. :)



     
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    Never seen one or heard of one before now, but from a quick google, it seems to work ok, may be a bit small for your setup though so may struggle to drop the temp. How much are you paying for it? Have you compared it to prices of a normal chiller?
     
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    i havent read through CW thread about why he got a chiller, but what most guys are suggesting to you in a cheap and eay fix to the immediate problem. a chiller in my opinion is far better if you want stable water temps and generally everything about salt water is best kept stable.

    fans would work short term but i would look to getting a decent chiller if yiou can afford one.
     
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