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Robert Boukari
05/09/2017, 01:04 PM
I live in Florida and as the summer approaches, I am worried about how I am going to keep my tank cool. Any input is appreciated.

JVan82
05/09/2017, 01:13 PM
I live in South Georgia, have the biocube 32, I have the a.c. set to 75 during the day. I keep the front feed door open and haven't had it over 80.5, worse comes to worse I leave the ceiling fan on.

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fscmocsaj
05/09/2017, 01:23 PM
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I live in Orlando Florida and I have a Nuvo fusion 20 and you can see my temp in the screenshot of my apex


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Jenyphur
05/09/2017, 07:11 PM
I live in Phx and have been wondering the same thing..will soon find out! I am leaving my a/c at about 75 and running the ceiling fan and leaving the feeding door open. So far it hasn't gone above 80.5 and we have already had 107 temps one day. Ugh.

Fish_wiz2
05/10/2017, 11:30 AM
Hard to see but when I had my old 29 with a LED retro'ed hood, I used a small fan blowing right over the return pump compartment. Hooked it to my APEX and it worked great minus the water loss which my ATO took care of.

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk74/Fish_wiz2/For%20sale/DSC_0029_zps9206531a.jpg (http://s277.photobucket.com/user/Fish_wiz2/media/For%20sale/DSC_0029_zps9206531a.jpg.html)

ReefWreak
05/11/2017, 02:42 PM
I live in Florida and as the summer approaches, I am worried about how I am going to keep my tank cool. Any input is appreciated.

Depends on your tank, and how hot/cool your house is, but if you have a top on your tank (biocube/nanocube/etc) you can set up some fans like Homer1475 did in this picture (eggcrate for a shelf and then the fans hooked up blowing down into the rear chambers):

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k23/homer1475/IMG_20150617_094929_1.jpg (http://s84.photobucket.com/user/homer1475/media/IMG_20150617_094929_1.jpg.html)

fscmocsaj
05/12/2017, 06:02 AM
I don't have any kind of fan or anything setup on mine


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TexChuck
05/12/2017, 02:29 PM
I'm in Dallas about to have my first summer with the BC32, so question is top of mind for me as well.

So far the highest I've seen it is 81.5, but it normally stays under 80. I haven't tried leaving the feeding door open yet or external fans.

I haven't installed my retrofit LEDs eyt but when I do, I'll be keeping an eye on it. I also have my old stock fan that I could set up for cooling if needed, thanks to another member here.

homer1475
05/13/2017, 05:26 AM
Was going to post my setup, thanks reefwreak!

I could drop temps by as much as 20 degrees with those fans. Worked great and never had a temp issue even when the house got up to 100F. When things got real hot, I would leave the front door open and could drop temps even more.

Simple DIY with a 12V wall plug, hooked up to an apex controlling the on/off cycles.

ineedhungry
05/13/2017, 12:35 PM
I live in Arizona. I have a 200 gal tank. It's been pretty warm lately. I have a vornado fan just blowing across the top and it seems to be able to cool perfectly. Granted it's pretty dry here, it will be interesting to see what happens once monsoon season comes and the humidity goes up. I can't stress enough how a simple fan blowing across the water will keep the tank at the perfect temperature. That being said I have it controlled by an Apex just as if it was a chiller.


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malady
05/13/2017, 09:04 PM
get a ice prob and a dual thermostat box.

I live in Florida and run this set up on a nuvo, keeps my temp 77-78 consistently and didn't break the bank.

BlueReefMan
05/14/2017, 05:59 AM
Great discussion. The concerns are well placed, and make me think of what's happening outside our aquaria.
I do aquaculture in the FL Keys (56' ocean side, 40 million gal) and I have seen 90 degrees there. The larger fish head offshore to deeper waters, but the majority of creatures have to tough it out, it gets pretty quiet there in late summer/fall. The existing reefs, inshore, get hit harder.
We all need to be supporting carbon fee / dividend bill now advanced by old guard republicans. You know it's serious when these guys get busy, hope the job to eliminate fossil fuels happens sooner vs. later, enough with the game of "chicken."
The reefs and S Fl will be our very notable losers.

bkwudzjeep
05/14/2017, 07:16 AM
Agree with above... I have a small desk fan blowing into mine and it lowers the temps 1-2 degrees, but the amount of water that evaporates increases. An auto topoff is really helpful and a controller really helps with keeping water temps consistent.

reefcoops
05/14/2017, 07:34 AM
I live in FL and am in the process of setting up my first tank so I haven't gone thru a summer yet.

That said, wouldn't keeping your A/C thermostat at a constant temp prevent any temp variance concerns?


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ReefWreak
05/15/2017, 12:50 PM
I live in FL and am in the process of setting up my first tank so I haven't gone thru a summer yet.

That said, wouldn't keeping your A/C thermostat at a constant temp prevent any temp variance concerns?


No, you'll still see a daily fluctuation with the lights and other equipment coming on and off, not to mention your house still probably fluctuates temperature even with the AC on, but yes, leaving AC consistent will minimize changes. I still get a 3-5 degree swing with consistent room temperatures.

Jadams
05/16/2017, 08:01 AM
A chiller seems to be the obvious answer here. :thumbsup:

fscmocsaj
05/16/2017, 12:20 PM
You don't need a chiller... it's ok for your tank to get up to the 80's


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TexChuck
05/18/2017, 01:40 PM
get a ice prob and a dual thermostat box.

I live in Florida and run this set up on a nuvo, keeps my temp 77-78 consistently and didn't break the bank.

What's an ice prob and a dual thermostat box? That sounds interesting !

I just upgraded my stock LEDs to the Steve's LED drop in, and the average temp in my tank went up 1-2 degrees.

fishdip22
05/18/2017, 02:09 PM
I live in Phx and have been wondering the same thing..will soon find out! I am leaving my a/c at about 75 and running the ceiling fan and leaving the feeding door open. So far it hasn't gone above 80.5 and we have already had 107 temps one day. Ugh.

I usualy start runing my lights late at night early am when it cools off a little

ReefWreak
05/18/2017, 02:31 PM
What's an ice prob and a dual thermostat box? That sounds interesting !

Iceprobe is a peltier electric chiller, so it's a small plate that one side gets very hot, and goes outside the tank, and has a big heatsink and fan on it. The other side gets very cold, which goes into a ceramic probe that you put in your tank. You can either drill the tank to put it through, or install the iceprobe in a HOB filter box and have the water run through the HOB.

The dual thermostat is just a thermostat that you put the heater and chiller (or iceprobe) on (it has 2 plugs, hopefully clearly marked), and a controller that knows which is which. You set the temperature on the controller, and how much variation you want, and it will turn on either the heater or chiller depending on which is needed to get the temps where you want them to be.

I've used the Ranco double stage controller (dual heat/cooling control) and single stage, and I really liked them. They're solidly built. the problem is the price. You're almost better off buying a cheap Reefkeeper lite controller that will control temperature, lights, monitor pH, etc for around the same price.

Jadams
05/19/2017, 08:30 AM
Just get a chiller.. lol

Not only will it keep your tank temp stable, itll decrease evaporation making your ATO last longer

JDWells
05/26/2017, 10:47 AM
Getting rid of the hood and switching lights was the biggest thing for me. An LED on a gooseneck or hanging doesn't put all that heat in the water like PCs do and the natural evaporation cools it a lot too. Depending on the air quality in your house, you'll get a natural PH bump too. I couldn't imagine setting up a chiller, seems like way overkill to me.

Cer
05/29/2017, 09:19 PM
I stripped my hood completely today, drilled a hole for a kessil, noticed 5 degree in temp drop. I'm in the Houston area.

ReefWreak
05/30/2017, 07:13 AM
I stripped my hood completely today, drilled a hole for a kessil, noticed 5 degree in temp drop. I'm in the Houston area.

Could you share pics?

I assume this was from a biocube/aquapod? Its an interesting idea, I have to know more!

Cer
05/30/2017, 08:40 PM
I'll try to post some tomorrow pm. Long day at work.

Cer
05/31/2017, 04:36 PM
See if this works.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/34980425636/in/shares-02r5YK/

Cer
05/31/2017, 04:43 PM
I would like to edit the previous post to add that I do not like this set up as it is. The second pic on that page you will see a $2 funnel from an autopart store. Plan is to cut the lid, fit the funnel from the inside of the lid, drill the 2.5" hole in the top of the funnel to lift the light off the hood/water line. I will be moving in a couple weeks and will then stop using the gooseneck attached to the rear glass on the tank. I may hang it from the celing or build a small bracket on the wall for the gooseneck to attach to. As it is installed now, the lid is not the easiest to open.

Cer
06/03/2017, 01:03 PM
I would like to edit the previous post to add that I do not like this set up as it is. The second pic on that page you will see a $2 funnel from an autopart store. Plan is to cut the lid, fit the funnel from the inside of the lid, drill the 2.5" hole in the top of the funnel to lift the light off the hood/water line. I will be moving in a couple weeks and will then stop using the gooseneck attached to the rear glass on the tank. I may hang it from the celing or build a small bracket on the wall for the gooseneck to attach to. As it is installed now, the lid is not the easiest to open.



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ReefWreak
06/03/2017, 02:41 PM
lol very nice DIY!

moatdaddy
06/21/2017, 10:36 AM
I am going to be trying for 72-74 in Florida. I keep house at 68. Will be interesting to see what tank stays at. Some good ideas here.

static916
06/22/2017, 08:38 PM
I've decided to run the house AC lower and also change the times when my lights come up. The room my tank is in gets pretty hot by ~5pm. So I have the lights starting about 3pm so by the time the tank hits about 80F things are naturally starting to cool down. I'm also able to appreciate the longer since I get home pretty late.