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Need reliable and quiet chiller recommendations.

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by feh, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. feh

    feh Guru Class Expert

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    I originally wasn't going to bother with one, but with temps the way they are 100+ F I'm a little worried about my tank. This is the 3rd time this year I've had A/C issues. Apparently fixing whatever the root cause is instead of putting a bandaid on things isn't an option for the management at my apt complex. I really don't want to lose several grand worth of livestock. Fortunately the maintenance man will be here by 8pm, but what about when I'm out of town or something and not here to catch the issue? So yeah, I want to go ahead and nip this in the bud so I'm going to invest in a chiller. Can someone recommend a nice reliable and quiet chiller?
     
  2. Tom Barr

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    Thermoelectrics are very quiet and suited for smaller tanks or smaller temp pull downs.

    Many folks in the Tropics use fans for evaporative cooling.
    If it cools down at night enough, then when it's 80F or so, open the windows etc and air the place out, the temp takes awhile to rise and fall, so often it'll hit maybe the mid 80's if you start at say 78 F in the am.
     
  3. Biollante

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    Cheap & Efficient, Like Me, well half of it is like me...

    Hi,

    For intermittent or emergency cooling (or heating) needs an ice chest, stainless steel tubing, plastic tubing, and a submersible pump.
    :highly_amused:

    Obviously sized based on your aquarium.
    :)

    Drill two holes, one in for the plastic tubing loop from the submerged pump to the stainless steel loop, one return to the tank. You could use a whole lot of plastic tubing, but the stainless steel is very efficient.

    Add a cup of rock salt, ice and fill with water.

    It is amazingly efficient, cheap and it is amazing how for a couple of bags of ice will go.
    :cool:

    Biollante
     
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    Sounds like a fun project.
     
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