Hot Water In The Summer! Important

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Esli, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. EsliValued MemberMember

    Im having a huge issue with our water not being cold enough when im doing the water change. I live in Texas and I have never dealt with this since I am fairly new.
    What could I do?
    My fish water is about 75 degrees but when adding the new water, it reads up to 84 degrees!!
    How do I go about cooling the water? I have tried changing it at night, in hopes that its cooled some and nothing!
    Please help

  2. adh/smileWell Known MemberMember

    What water do you use for water changes. Tap water? You should be able to add cool water to reduce the temperature. Use a thermometer to get the correct temp.

    You could try putting some ice cubes in the new water to cool it down 'till it reaches the right temperature.

  3. EsliValued MemberMember

    Hi! Yes I use tap water, but my cool water isn't cool at all in summer. The coldest my cool water is getting is in the low 80s! Thats my problem :(
    My main issue is that I have a new 125 and I am trying not to carry buckets of water in it, instead im thinking of purchasing siphon fill up.

  4. pRoy33Valued MemberMember

    Ice cubes, frozen water bottles, or fans set to blow across the top of the water are some of the easier way to control temperature.
  5. EsliValued MemberMember

    When adding ice cubes, do I add prime to it ? So as they melt theyre primed?
  6. pRoy33Valued MemberMember

    That is a good question....maybe try freezing pretreated water so you don't have to worry about it.
  7. Hunter1Well Known MemberMember


    What happens if you let it run for 5 minutes or so? I have a similar problem the other day. With no hot, it was still 82. After it ran for 5 minutes I had to add hot to get it to 78.

    But it was 105 outside so it probably took that long to cool off the pipes above ground.
  8. Laxin10Valued MemberMember

    So just to clarify, what is the temperature in your house? Are you running a chiller in your tank? Because if there isn't a chiller, then there should be no good reason that the coldest water out of your faucet is hotter than room temperature. I mean I'm not a plumber so someone please tell me if I'm wrong, but your should probably call someone to take a look at your water.
  9. pRoy33Valued MemberMember

    It could be that the city water lines are just that warm. I great up overseas and if it was super hot for a while the cold water was more warm than cold. I did think of one more idea. Try testing your water temp first thing in there morning. If your temp problem is due to the outside temp being so hot, first thing in the morning would be the coolest.
  10. mattgirlFishlore VIPMember

    You may be forced to do the bucket brigade during the hottest part of the summer if running the water for a while doesn't bring up cooler water or is it possible to set up a container large enough to hold the amount of water you need for a water change. If you could do that you could add a bag of ice to cool it down to the necessary temp, condition it and then pump it into the tank. At least doing it this way you wouldn't have to cool it down one bucket at a time.
  11. regormangNew MemberMember

    I'm having the same issue in California. I been doing frozen water bottles no need to treat the water inside the bottle and no need to worry about condisation since it's coming from tank water. If possible remove hoods and lids from the tank. If you're like me and have a canister filter you can place ice packs around. Hopefully this helps
  12. EsliValued MemberMember

    Ive ran it for a few minutes and it just reached the high point of 83 or 84. But I have never let it run for long but I think i will let it run for a few more minutes and hopefully it'll cool. It really sucks but ima try your method!

    The temperature in my house is around 73. I dont have a chiller in my tank, as this is a new problem for me. And thats true, it just gets so hot here, and I am guessing that affects the pipes. Weve been reaching the triple digits lately.
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  13. Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    If it’s hot outside, the water in your pipes will be close to the same as the outside temperature from where the pipe comes out of the ground to where it goes into the house. Then in the house it will mirror the indoor temperature.

    The problem is if you have steel pipes under the house, they take a while to cool off.

    Unless your water line is really shallow, the water should cool off the longer you run it.

    I set my air on 81 while at work so my tanks don’t raise too much, then 78 when I get home. By morning the house is in the 60s and tank temperature is at wherever I set the heater.

    Doing water changes in the morning would probably work as Roy mentioned.
  14. EsliValued MemberMember

    Thanks so much!! that is another idea that I will have to try if running my water for a bit doesn't cool it. I will definitely do the container full of water and pump it from there.

    I do, I do have a canister. This is another great idea. Thank you so so much! Im glad someone unders the struggles! Lol
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  15. regormangNew MemberMember

    Lol the other ideas are good but for us we need a fix for the whole day not just for a few hours. If we can get our tanks to be around 80 all day during the summer the fishes/plants will be ok. (Depending on fish u have)

    Oh I forgot PLEASE DO NOT DROP ICE CUBES DIRECTLY INTO THE TANK! It will shock your fish and send them to the other fish bowl aka toilet bowl lol
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  16. mattgirlFishlore VIPMember

    The summer heat is something a lot of us have to deal with. I am not fond of running my air conditioner so only run it during the hottest part of the day. I keep the lights off and all the lids open with a fan blowing across my tank. Normally I keep my tank at 76 but during the summer it gets up to 80 during part of the day. I think our fish can get used to the changes of the seasons because it comes on gradually. It is those drastic quick changes that can hurt them so if possible you do need to cool the water before it goes in the tank.

    We replaced our water line last year and buried it deeper than it was so fortunately I don't have to worry about my tap water being too warm. It is usually right at 76 so perfect for my tank. Hopefully running your water longer will get to cooler water but if not at least now you have some ideas as to what you can do to deal with it.

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