water temp

  1. ron Initiate Member

    I live in a tropical climate, my aquarium has no chiller. How do I keep the temp down? outside air temp is usually 32C. thanks.
     
  2. Gunnie Well Known Member Member

    Hi Ron! Welcome to Fishlore! Unless you have a chiller, there are only temporary solutions. You could try freezing water in plastic bags and then placing the bags in the tank to slowly melt. Is your tank in front of a window? That might be another reason it gets too warm.
     

  3. fletch Member Member

    wow, you need a chiller rather than a heater!! can I come and live where you live!!!
     
  4. Isabella Fishlore VIP Member

    I didn't know there is such a thing as a "chiller" for aquarium tanks. Do you get it in your pet store? How does it look like? How does it work? Interesting, lol. So if one has a hot temperature where he/she lives, they don't need a heater, right? How, then, do they keep a stable aquarium temperature in such circumstances?
     

  5. Gunnie Well Known Member Member

    Chillers are normally used for saltwater tanks and are very expensive. They usually run in the hundreds of dollars.
     
  6. Shabnam Initiate Member

    I wish I lived in a tropical Climate. :)
     
  7. Isabella Fishlore VIP Member

    Gunnie, wow, this "chiller" alone is expensive. Saltwater tanks must be really costly! So, in saltwater tanks you don't use heaters? The water must be cold? What is the water temperature range for saltwater tanks?

    Shabnam, as much as I love the sun and summers, I think I'd miss snow too! I love all 4 seasons - a little bit of everything, and the beauty of changing of seasons. I think I'd cook in a hot weather all year long! But yes, it's usually beautiful in the tropics, right? As you may have heard, Hurricane Katrina did so much damage in New Orleans, Louisiana - that living even in very low-level tropics makes it just scary. In the South of the Unites States people have hurricanes EVERY YEAR (literally). They lose their homes every year. They have nice warm weather all year long, but the price they have to pay is way too high I believe. I don't think I could handle that - losing my newly re-built home. It's terrible. That is why I prefer cooler but safer climates. Just a thought.
     

  8. Miss Mouse Well Known Member Member

    You know, the first thing I thought about when I saw the news about Katrina was "What about all the fish in the tanks?" - How on earth do you save them?? :'(
     
  9. Jason Well Known Member Member

    Probably just swim in the dirty flood water
     
  10. Isabella Fishlore VIP Member

    I know :( They're all probably dead by now. All the dirty and contaminated water undoubtedly got inside the tanks and poor fish just suffocated. Plus, it suffocated due to the lack of oxygen and lack of filtration - people have no electicity there, so no filters, heaters, or airpumps work. I'd be very disappointed if so much work, so many years of maintaining my tank and caring for all the fish in it, were destroyed just like that. It's sad. Also, the water that flooded the city was salty.
     

  11. Dad of Dana Initiate Member

    On the main topic, I should think some ingenuity would allow creating a device that pumps water through tubes in and out of the tank and through a bath of icewater. That's what I'd do before spending hundreds on fancy equipment. The degree of chilling could be controlled by the number of loops of tubing in the water.

    Off-topic, but the comment about the fish surviving Katrina is actually a hugely important one. While it is my guess that those that got mixed into the cesspool of New Orleans waters would die swiftly, I'd think there were a few hundred salt-water tanks that got flooded with sea water in other parts of the Gulf. A few "exotic" fish getting loose in Gulf waters can be a recipe for ecological problems. Ask anyone who studies the oceans. They'll tell you of all sorts of problems created by huge ships discharging ballast water taken on in India and deposited in Gulfport. Don't forget the temperature of the flood waters from the Gulf would have been a very temperate 90 deg. F.

    That couldl be one of the as-yet untold stories to come out of this disaster.
    :'(