Summer Time

offminded
  • #1
Summer is right around the corner...what are some tips that you have used to keep your aquarium at a stable temp during the hot summer months?
 
Shawnie
  • #2
For my tanks, which ARE NOT sw, I periodically throw ice cubes in my big one..the oscars love it..and in the others, I change water if needed to lower the temps slowly ...bring on summer!!!!!! snow be gone!
 
Oil_Fan
  • #3
Davbrown...where do you live? And I'm kinda curious myself. I live near Atlanta and have already dealt with temp drops because of it (lost 3 fish in 2 days because of it). Now I'm wondering what kind of temp increases I'll be facing. I'm hoping my A/C will be enough.
 
agsansoo
  • #4
It's been hot down here in SoCal this weekend. Keeping the tank cool is always a challenge without a chiller. So I use fans, A/C and frozen water bottles in the sump (return section).
 
ninilie
  • #5
I think it was 95 in Santee today ugh. We just used fans and all seems fine. But there will be hotter days during the summer. I guess I could throw in a frozen water bottle on my way to work and hope that helps most of the day.
 
agsansoo
  • #6
So long as someone is home, the tank does OK. It's when we are all busy doing things away from the house, is when I worry. Today I ran the A/C most of the day. There goes the electric bill. LOL
 
offminded
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
I live up in norcal and we got hit with low 90s today...or at least felt like low 90s...its only going to get hotter too! I like the idea of the frozen water bottles in the sump. do you turn your tank heater off then?
 
agsansoo
  • #8
I leave the heater on (plugged in). It has a regulator so it is off most of the year.
 
agsansoo
  • #9
I've been thinking of making a DIY chiller using an igloo cooler, small powerhead and hose. Something like this but smaller.


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offminded
  • Thread Starter
  • #10
I've been thinking of making a DIY chiller using an igloo cooler, small powerhead and hose. Something like this but smaller.


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wow...is that just the return line in the ice? what type of heater do you have?
 
Martinismommy
  • #11
Andy,

Great tip on the water bottles in the sump! I am very concerned about Summer coming...It get's to be in the 120's here in Phoenix....Not only am I concerned about the tanks heating up I'm afraid of power outages...
 
offminded
  • Thread Starter
  • #12
oh yes...the dreaded rolling blackouts...we get those too
 
agsansoo
  • #13
wow...is that just the return line in the ice? what type of heater do you have?

Yea.. just any return line coiled up in some ice. And my heater is just a regular 200 watt aquarium heater. The exact model is in my Member spotlight.
 
agsansoo
  • #14
Andy,

Great tip on the water bottles in the sump! I am very concerned about Summer coming...It get's to be in the 120's here in Phoenix....Not only am I concerned about the tanks heating up I'm afraid of power outages...

Power outages ! You need to keep the water moving plus give it oxygen. So all I use is a battery powered emergency air-pump with a fine air stone.
 
offminded
  • Thread Starter
  • #15
Yea.. just any return line coiled up in some ice. And my heater is just a regular 200 watt aquarium heater. The exact model is in my Member spotlight.

hmmm...I guess I will need to get a more poweful return pump and some longer tubing. my setup is pretty tight underneath.
 
offminded
  • Thread Starter
  • #16
Power outages ! You need to keep the water moving plus give it oxygen. So all I use is a battery powered emergency air-pump with a fine air stone.

is that something that you have on hand when an emergency hits? or is it hooked up all the time?
 
Oil_Fan
  • #17
Good idea on the water bottle idea!! Not sure what I'm going to do when I leave for the Independence day long weekend. I guess I'll figure that out as I see what my temps are in the tank as it gets closer.
 
agsansoo
  • #18
is that something that you have on hand when an emergency hits? or is it hooked up all the time?

Only for emergency, takes two C-batteries.
 

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