03-29-2011, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31
You would be surprised actually at what you can do via cheap, non-ground breaking methods. In summer I disconnect most of my heaters. The tanks run a little on the cool side. I was staring at one of the lights on my planted tank. A 55 watt PC on a 20 gallon. These things get hot. I think I had been flushing my cars radiator a few days before... I got an idea. Basically if you pump tank water through the light fixture and back into the tank. It will have a surprising effect on tank temp. I tested it. It of course has limitations, possible problems/downsides, and of course hazards. It does work though
I was hoping to maintain the aesthetics while implementing some energy-conserving ideas. I don't want to make a styrofoam monster! I'd prefer as low-maintenance as possible. I like viewing from three sides. The evaporation issue and top insulation/cover is certainly a good point. I had never thought of sleeping bags @ night - very neat idea!
All these are interesting possibilities. Plastic tubing run over the light outlet to warm tank water from waste heat (GFCI electrical outlet in use, of course!)....Very "cool"
Problem is, if an extra pump is used, then we waste power with the pump. Run it off canister filter circulation? Could use an automatic solenoid valve to divert the flow to tank when the temp got too high, but that's $$ for the valve, the thermostat, and requires electricity to run/monitor. hmmmm.
Good ideas! Keep 'em coming and I'll try a few out! Kymmie - glad to have you back in the discussions, missed your insights!
Last edited by DKRST; 03-29-2011 at 08:47 AM..