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Is a chiller necessary?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by NelsonCh, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

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    A couple of friends from SoCal are telling me to get a chiller since summer time tank temperature can go over safe levels.

    I wanted to ask if anyone uses a chiller and if not, how hot does summer get for you? Have you experienced only 1 summer or 2? Etc.


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    xcaret Supporting Member

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    A chiller is an option for many but there have been waves of really bad hot weather around then people try to scramble to find a chiller...
    Others use evaporative cooling and last resurce, frozen water bottles in the sump.
    Is good to be ready and know also that PG&E loves you for getting a chiller !
    I have two (one nashorn over on RC borrowed one) and another that the darn solenoid/relay? was stuck and just tripped the breaker, fixed that issue already.
    I’ve never had the need for a chiller yet I’m prepared...
     
  3. tankguy

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    I don’t use one
     
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    jorahx4 Supporting Member

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    I assume it’s all based on the temp you keep your house. I personally don’t use an AC and with the temp being 100+ out side my house is often 80+. So I will probably get a chiller.


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  5. JVU

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    Exactly, it depends on the temperature in your house, not the temperature outside. I set my AC to 80 Max usually in the summer so I don’t need a chiller.

    Since it’s dry around here, having temp controlled fans is as effective as a chiller but more straightforward. Just keep up with evaporated water.
     
  6. Coral reefer

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    If you don't live on the first floor in ad I'd recommend having one. You can use fans on a temp control to evaporate water, but can raise humidity in your house Andy needs an auto top off with decently sized reservoir.
     
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    Evaporative cooling works really well, especially if your house has central air. Keep your ATO filled as Mike mentioned. I have my tank in the office and the fan on it has only kicked on twice this last couple of summers even though the office is kept at ~72. Was keeping ventralis at the time and keeping the tank only at 74 and it spiked to 76. :p
     
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    Most people connect a fan that blows over the water, for evaporative cooling. I do.
    One pound of water evaporating = 970 BTU.

    If you have an ATO, and connect fan to aquarium controller, you are all set.

    But it does depend a lot on your specific living arrangements.
     
  9. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    If you do go the chiller route think about how you are going to vent to the outside. A chiller in the stand increases the ambient temp which is what is making your tank hot in the first place unless you use a crap ton of pumps and other electrical gizmos that are raising the tank temp.

    Remember a 50 watt pump in your tank adds the same amount of energy as a 50 watt heater
     
  10. OnTheReef

    OnTheReef OnTheReef (Eric) Supporting Member

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    I use chillers and find them to be an efficient option for protecting my corals during the hot summers. Since I tend toward smaller, AIO tanks, parameter stability is a concern for me and it's just one more variable that I can automate for peace of mind.
     
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    I dont have any chillers, but last summer during the heat my 180 hit 87 and my 28 hit 88-89 which was pretty bad, and I floated frozen RO in my 28 and in my 180 I put fans
     
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    I’ve found that frozen water bottles and ice packs did almost nothing but putting a fan on it worked way better than I expected. You can get the cool fans that are made for this that clip on the side of the tank or just a household fan works too. You can control either with the apex also with some simple programming.
     
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  13. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

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    Gotcha!


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