Chilling the tank

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  1. Pinoyxprss

    Pinoyxprss Plankton

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    I have a 55g tank with fluval 305 with goldies in it, I have been trying to look for chiller or means of chilling the tank with no success.

    I have read people running lines of tubes inside a small fridge with some success. Here's my question, would it affect funcionality if i house my fluval inside a fridge, i tried to find topics about doing this but couldnt find any. Will the cold temp affect filtration or anytjing inside the unit?

    Thanks

    Edit: i have been using ice bottles and kep it at 74-76 so far.
     
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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I can't think of a reason as long as it doesn't ice up.
     
  4. leighton1245

    leighton1245 Horrid Stonefish

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    what kind of lighting and pumps are you using that your tank is getting warm enough to need a chiller? just curious?
     
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    Flourecent lighting 6-10 hours/day, fluval 305, thats it. If i leave it without ice, temp goes up to 78, no house airconditioning.
     
  6. leighton1245

    leighton1245 Horrid Stonefish

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    Your tank should run right around 78.6 with 500w of MH mine runs about 80 for a few hours a day. So i wouldnt worry about chilling it right now IMO
     
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    Is that ok for a gold fish tank, i have read that they should sit at least right below 70 F.
     
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  9. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You don't want to keep the goldfish at temps like that for long. You are doing the right thing to cool the tank off. Use a fan and have it blow across the top of the water to help with the cooling.
     
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  10. leighton1245

    leighton1245 Horrid Stonefish

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    sorry i totally didnt read which thread this was in sorry for the misinformation.
     
  11. Pinoyxprss

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    I thought about that, I was looking for wooden hood where I can install fans but very expensive, might be better to build it, I just don't kniw where to start.


    Not a problem, I'm guessing you thought I had tropicals or along those line. I actually have a tropical tanl which I keep between 75-78F and they're doing fine. I'm more worried about my goldies at this time.
     
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    Lowe's or Home Depot for wood and other parts. Computer store for a case fan. There are several good designs for DIY canopies on line.