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huge1day
07/28/2007, 12:44 PM
I have about 500 gallons of water -reef, mostly sps. All of my expensive corals are starting to die over the last month. At first it was just a couple then some of the tyrees, superman then the green slimer that can live in almost any condition.:rolleyes:

Well I finally figured it out. My temp controller is bad, as well as my chiller must not be chilling. I knew my chiller was running too much (1hp coolreef) and (I can't find coolreef anymore?-gone). I know my temp was rising but not sure how high, put a box fan on my sump blowing straight down onto the water. With the additioinal window a/c on and the fan blowing my temp must have been getting very cool. But the temp controller kept saying 79 to 80. So this morning the controller said 68. I freaked out went and got an old cheap temp guage and it said 78.

So now I now the problem. The water temp is not stable. Is there anything I can do to help my corals now other than make sure the water temp is stable? For the last couple of weeks I have checked all the parameters and eveything is acceptable.

Wait it out? or any other suggestions?

Bart

melev
07/28/2007, 01:19 PM
It sounds like you've isolated the problem. Now you need to watch the tank temperature very closely with one or two thermometers.

And check your chiller's feed pump as well. Perhaps some of the problem is with it not pushing water through at a steady rate recommended by the mfg.

huge1day
07/28/2007, 01:24 PM
thanks marc

the amount of water is correct. I think it has lost the freon...

Is there anything I can do to "help" my corals? extra food? any supplements?

Bart

scarpenter
07/28/2007, 04:06 PM
when my corals get sick, they get the reccommended dose of garlic and selcon daily until they turn around.

huge1day
07/28/2007, 06:10 PM
Ok, it looks like I am about to buy a new chiller. I read the post in this forum over the last few weeks, but did not see this company being discussed:

http://cgi.ebay.com/OCX-100B-1HP-230V-Combo-Titanium-Water-Chiller_W0QQitemZ7769967356QQihZ018QQcategoryZ117433QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

Anyone know about them?

Also, I have not seen any 1hp chiller in the for sale forum, but if you know about one for sale please tell me.

bart

Kentanner11
07/28/2007, 09:27 PM
Wow that looks like a really big chiler! Have fun with shipping that!

melev
07/28/2007, 10:31 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10434535#post10434535 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by huge1day
Ok, it looks like I am about to buy a new chiller. I read the post in this forum over the last few weeks, but did not see this company being discussed:

http://cgi.ebay.com/OCX-100B-1HP-230V-Combo-Titanium-Water-Chiller_W0QQitemZ7769967356QQihZ018QQcategoryZ117433QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

Anyone know about them?

Also, I have not seen any 1hp chiller in the for sale forum, but if you know about one for sale please tell me.

bart

Wow, that looks big and expensive. It comes with a heater - that's kind of neat if you need 2000w of heat for your tank. Guess that big boy will need its own circuit. 5 amps of 220v power for cooling, and 10 amps for heating.

I'd check to see if they offer a longer warranty period perhaps.

So your current one can't be recharged if it is a freon issue?

huge1day
07/28/2007, 11:18 PM
Haven't found anyone that can charge it yet??

Bart

melev
07/28/2007, 11:20 PM
Any air conditioning repair company can service a chiller. It is an a/c unit basically.

huge1day
07/28/2007, 11:24 PM
I will start calling Monday morning...

Bart

Avast Marine
07/28/2007, 11:42 PM
Hit the commercial refrigerator and a/c guys first, they tend to think a little more out of the box then your residential cooling people since they have to work on more diverse equipment.