My tanks are in the basement (in a room that's completely underground,) where it stays 70 year round. My tank at my office sits close to a overhead vent where it fluctuates between 68-70. My tanks are always at 75-76
@TheHarold How loud/quite are those fans?Ive made a surprisingly effective system for my tanks. A SINGLE fan, powered by the apex 24v accessory port, gets me well over 4 degrees of cooling on a Reefer 350 (~75g). My tank used to spike to 82+ but now it stays within .2 degrees of 78. Waterproof 140mm Noctua fan. You can also daisy chain a bunch for larger tanks, because these fans draw so little power.
When I had 6Well we're already in the 90's here in the northern part of Georgia and the reef tank is warming up! I'm thankful that mine is currently in the basement where it is naturally cooler but it's still getting warm enough to warrant something to help keep it cooled. But I have no chiller and have no plans to add a chiller! So what do I do? Well for me and my situation a fan directed on the top of the sump water keeps me 3 degrees or so cooler so it works just fine. But what about you? Today let's talk about!
1. How do you keep your tank cool WITHOUT a chiller?
2. Do struggle to keep the tank temps down during the warmer months?
This is the baby that helps keep my thousands of dollars worth of livestock alive during the hottest months! PS. Plus it's great for spills! HA!
Not going to need cooling this year by the looks of it.I live in the UK.
I live in the UK.
How did you do during the windstorm in January? My power was out for almost 5 days and I lost everything but some microfauna.My current tank does not need chiller. However when I lived in CA that tank had a chiller plus a fan that I placed over the sump for evaporative cooling
For example, my tank sits on a second floor landing that five bedrooms come off of. There are no central AC drops on the landing. On top of that the insulation needs redone badly. My upstairs can easily get 80+Do people who need chillers not have A/C? I couldn’t imagine my house being 80°+ in order to have the need for a chiller….
this is a serious question, do you only need a chiller if your tank is not in an ac area?
If that is a rotating fan, you can place a GoPro on it. It'll be the Coolest reef-channel evva!!I just use a portable fan controlled by my Apex. It always amazes me how quickly a basic fan can lower the tank temperature, assuming the house temperature is below 78F:
If Tmp > 78.5 Then ON
If Tmp < 78.1 Then OFF
Defer 000:30 Then ON
Defer 000:30 Then OFF