Do you use a chiller?

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Do you use a chiller?

  1. Yes.

    31.0%
  2. No.

    69.0%
  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Anybody here own a chiller? If so, which one and what do you think of it?


    I own the Coolworks chiller with controller. When my tank hits 83 it will bring it down to 79 or so after a bit. It's ok for my 20 but I wouldn't go bigger with it.

    I need to make a new mount for it - this is the hard thing with it as it is ackward to mount unless you drill a hole in the glass.
     
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  3. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    At the moment i do not, but thats ok. No metal halides for me....my uncle really should...his tank gets hot with the 150w mh pendant over his 35gal hex....in NJ summer thats hot!
     
  4. Zissou

    Zissou Fire Shrimp

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    i use fans to cool my tank but may need to upgrade if i go to halides. maybe i will just go T5 to have less risk. i dont know. i have heard that chillers are not worth the price. most people i know use fans.
     
  5. antonio101

    antonio101 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Well I use a fan my self. With my AC at 79 my tank runs anout 78. Before my fan comes on at 9 am with my PC lights tank is abotu 80 , with out fan about 82-83
     
  6. Brandon1023

    Brandon1023 Fire Goby

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    I guess I'm lucky, because I am not having a problem with heat under my MHs. And believe me I have gotten my hand close to them, not close enough to touch of course (I'd be dead without a hand), but they are HOT! I'm in a ground level apartment though, with central A/C keeping the place at about 74.
     
  7. rickzter

    rickzter Torch Coral

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    I want one, an aqualogic... grrr. Too expensive though! I would have to say (right now)... no. ;D But I will plan for one in the future.
     
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  9. Area 51 Exotics

    Area 51 Exotics 3reef Sponsor

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    I have a 1/4 HP JBJ on my 125 and a 1HP for my 500gal that's in the works
     
  10. christyf5

    christyf5 Astrea Snail

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    I have a Pacific Coast CL-650. I love it! A nice steady 80 degrees ;D
     
  11. coral reefer

    coral reefer Giant Squid

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    I have 250 watt and 400 watt HQI metal halide pendants on my tank. With the room fan blowing over the top of my tank-the temp stays right at 80 degrees. Evaporational cooling is awesome-just have to replace the freshwater that has evaporated.(make sure if you use this technique, taht you top off with FRESHWATER _only_. If you top off with new saltwater your salinity will go through the roof as only the water evaporates-not the salt in the water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Willieo101587

    Willieo101587 Flamingo Tongue

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    I had to remove the glass hood when I noticed my temp creeping up to 82. I lose a lot to evporation, but I'm holding steady at 81.5. With my nice, cool T5 lighting, I feel like I shouldn't need one.