Chillers

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    SaltwaterNoob17

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    I live in Florida, and it gets pretty hot here. I was wondering if I needed a chiller for my 46 gallon aquarium...

    During winter, I can keep the tank at 78-80 degrees, but in summer it can go up to 84-86 degrees. What do you all think?
     
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    mng777777 Shark Wrangler Wannabe

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    84-86 is too hot, but there might be better options than a chiller. A fan aimed across the top will lower the temp by as much as 10 degrees. You can also freeze RODI water and toss a cube in your tank. Sometimes just keeping a ceiling fan on in the room will do the trick
     
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    I have a ceiling fan in the room, but it's not enough. I think I might try a normal fan aimed on the tank. I hate how EXPENSIVE the stupid chillers are!
     
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    andysgirl8800 Blenny Badlands

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    Agreed. an $8.99 clip on fan from Walmart (maybe 2) can do wonders for your tank's temp. Evaporative processes are the most efficient and natural ways to cool water. The frozen RO is a good idea too. If you have a sump, you can add a fan there too.
     
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    andysgirl8800 Blenny Badlands

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    IMO, unless you are keeping lobsters, or any other cold water critter, a chiller just isn't needed in a reef tank.
     
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    mng777777 Shark Wrangler Wannabe

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    +1 +1 = +2 ag!
     
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    Good to hear. I guess I'll be making a Walmart trip soon. ;)
     
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    I have a small chiller on my Red Sea Max. It works quiet well. Sometimes there is just no other solution.
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    My tank runs around 82 to 84 year round :( I don't have a chiller. I won't get a chiller either. Chillers remove the heat from the tank and release it into the environment (the room). So you then have to work harder to cool the room. They are expensive too!

    Having a fan blowing across the water will drop the temp by a lot. Try that first. At least then you're only out $10 if it doesn't work.
     
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    I'll try the fans first. If they fail, I'll fork over the money and get a chiller...
     
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    i have a question, what is the room temperature at different times of the year?
     
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    68 degrees in the winter; 78 in the summer.
     
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