Freshwater temperature problem

  1. jogeorge Initiate Member

    I've recently bought a Juwel 125 gallon freshwater aquarium. Just started cycling the tank using JBLs Denitrol.
    No fishes have been added yet.

    The problem Im having is the temperature in the tank is at 28.3 ºC (82.94 ºF)!!!. I do have air conditioning but once its switched off, the temperature gradually rises.
    I live in Dubai,UAE and summer has just begun here.

    What would be the most ideal way to lower temperature rather than buying cooling fans or an aquarium chiller?
    If there isn't one, what aquarium chillers or cooling fans would be appropriate for my set up?

    I was looking to add Cherry barbs and Neon Tetras to begin with, but now clearly that's not possible.

    Sorry its a 125 liter (33 Gallon) Juwel aquarium :)
     
  2. Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    I was going to say, a chiller for a 125 gallon would cost a FORTUNE. A chiller for a 33 is going to cost about $500, plus electric charges.

    If you live in an area that gets very hot, you're better off going with warm water fish. Kuhli loaches and GBRs are two that come to mind. I've kept a betta with GBRs before, so that's something I would try again. Otherwise, you could get a gourami in there and I'm sure there are tetras that like warm water, though I can't think of any off the top of my head (my tanks are unheated).
     

  3. toosie Well Known Member Member

    Cardinal Tetras are better in warm water than Neon Tetras. Looks are similar so maybe it's something you want to consider.
     

  4. jogeorge Initiate Member

    Think I'll get some Gouramis to begin with. Seems the Cardinal tetra can only stand temps upto 27 degrees.
    Any other warm water fishes I need to look into?
     

  5. toosie Well Known Member Member

    Cardinal Tetras are often kept with Discus fish. Discus tanks are usually kept at a minimum of 82F and as high as 84 - 86F. Rummy nose tetras are also sometimes kept with discus but I haven't kept any of them myself.
     
  6. kinezumi89 Fishlore VIP Member

    While it's a little warmer than I keep my tanks, I don't think 83 is atrociously warm. I've read that it's only really dangerous (depending on the fish, of course) once you reach the 90s. Hopefully it doesn't get any warmer!
     
  7. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good afternoon,

    :animal0068:I have moved your thread from Freshwater Beginners to Aquarium Water/Temperature section of the forum.

    Thanks!

    Ken
     
  8. Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    This is probably going to sound obvious, but have you tried leaving part of the top off the aquarium? Sometimes taking the top off will help diffuse the heat in the aquarium.
     
  9. jogeorge Initiate Member

    Well yes, but this only drops the temperature by 0.3 - 0.4 degrees
     
  10. jogeorge Initiate Member

    I have read that freezing plastic bottles and using them in the aquarium can be effective.
    Is this advisable?
     
  11. catsma_97504 Fishlore Legend Member

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    There are many ways to cool a tank.....

    Leave the lights off if no live plants

    Add extra air stones. It will cause enough surface disturbance to release heat and will ensure the warmer water remains fully oxygenated.

    Remove tank cover and replace with screen to allow heat to escape

    Freeze soda bottles and float in tank to cool the water

    Do small water changes with slightly cooler water

    Point a room fan at the tank to increase air circulation

    Point a small personal sized fan at the tank water to cause surface disturbance


    I deal with hot tanks every summer. My smaller tanks have the most issues.

    As already stated, unless your tank goes over 30C your fish should do fine.

    Good luck!
     
  12. ryanr Moderator Moderator Member

    If I remember correctly, the Juwel hoods are plastic? :;sh

    This makes them perfect for cutting some holes in the back, and using computer fans or similar to extract the heat from the hood. They are low voltage, and have been applied to reef tanks quite successfully.

    I can't remember the name of them, but I think it was "arctic chiller fans" or similar.
     
  13. Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    I said A gourami ;)

    Unless you are going with sparkling, honey or pearl gouramis, only 1 will fit in the tank.
     
  14. jogeorge Initiate Member

    Thank you all for the support. This forum has a wealth of information for beginners like myself.:;thx

    Will look into all the above methods.