Water Temperature

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  1. iggy

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    Hi Guys..

    seeing that it is almost summer and with temperatures rising my water temp is sitting on average between 28.5 degC and 31 degC (heaters off) for the past two weeks, i know that this can be very and extremely dangerous.

    can you give me any advice on cooling my water with out using a chiller and/or can you give me recommendations on what tipe of chillers to use?

    peace
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    You could add an ats with a small 12v dc fan.

    Just note this will increase your evaporation rate.
     
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    +1 on the 12V fan. Just get a 80mm fan or similar pc type fan and hook it up to a ac/dc converter u get from hi-fi corp. I have a 120mm sitting on the sump and works in keeping temps in check (so far)
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    You can also put it on a timer to prevent it from over cooling 15min on 30 min off or what ever your needs might be.
     
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    cool thanks, I've got a 80mm 24VDC fan blowing on my 4 T5's at the moment, should i rather move it to my sump or ad extra one on my sump?

    at the moment I've got two 50w down lights burning on my sump at night and even if I switch one or both of them off the water temp still remains between 28-31?
     
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    Is the 80mm fan blowing over the water at all?
    Maybe get an extra fan for the sump, but having it flow over an ats would increase its cooling ability.
    Check your heater also, it maybe the thermostat is faulty. Try turning it down slowly (0.5 degree's per day) and see if it makes a diffrence.
     
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    something different .. and kind of stupid

    When I was saving for a chiller I floated frozen 2liter bottles in my tank... this doesnt look nice but it helps to bring things down a bit 1 or 2 degrees (it was in a 1.2 meter system) just make sure the rocks are in their path and can be bump over...

    What I also did is put them in my sump, smaller ones(1 liter 500ml) if they didnt fit... you dont see them ... and theres no worry of them bumping into the rocks that are high up..

    Best thing is its cheap...

    hope it helps ...

    Brandon

    PS ... if its a smaller tank make sure your sump does not overflow as water will be displaced when you put them in ...;)
     
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    yes the fan is blowing over my water, but now a stupid question wat is an ats?

    cool I will try the Ice idea..

    thanks for all the advice guys
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Sorry ats - Algae turf scrubber

    Its a screen that you run water over and algae grows on it.
    But with regards to cooling it creates a bigger surface area for evaporation to take place from.

    You can read more here

    Algae Scrubbers • Index page

    or search MASA for more info.
     
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