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Angel079 05-13-2010 06:38 PM

Need to consider during summer for all your tanks!
 
After we had the winter discussion what to do and how to heat tanks when the ice storms knock power out I'd like to pot the equivalent for the summer time....

As your house get's warmer and may only read 70's in your house and that feels good to you with the fan on you have got to consider & check at this point already what your tanks do as far as temp is concerned as their lights will produce a certain amount of heat as well; also the tank may get direct sunlight during parts of the day which heats up your tank. These 3 matters combined and yu can quickly wind up with your tank reading 90's.

This will apply even more so when you have smaller tanks, here's examples from today in my house:
Its 75F in here my 10g shrimp farm with no sunlight but just the bulbs for light just read 88F which is getting very boarder line for the shrimp.
The 55g naturally stay's cooler then the shrimp cause of its size vs the heat from the light, however it gets about 30mins sunlight in the PM it read 85F.
My 45g in the hallway close by a fan and no sunlight reads 82F so its perfect.

So just keep an eye on your tank these days before the A/C "season" starts and if its getting too high do a w/c with cold water on the tank in question. If you have a tank that get's too warm at a particular time a day due to sunlight - Just take a 1-2 liters Coke bottle filled with water & frozen and hang it in there to keep it at a decent temp for the fish.

Tropical fish or not too much heat is as bad as no heat, so I just wanted to post a lil reminder for ya'll :-D

aunt kymmie 05-14-2010 01:18 AM

Running a fan over the top of the tank also goes a long way in keeping the water temp down. You can even put a bunch of ice in a bowl and let the fan run over that. It produces a rather cold breeze as it blows across the top of your tank and really helps.
Good time to bring this topic up, thanks Natalie!

1077 05-14-2010 06:44 AM

Good tips! I remember Discus tank that took two 300 watt heaters to maintain stable 84 degrees during winter months.
Was performing water change one early spring morning and happened to notice thermometer reading near 90 degrees F ! Would have fried nearly all other tropicals.
Two litre bottles of water frozen,also helps keep my dogs water cool during the summer months. He stays outdoors and drinks from five gallon bucket. I place a frozen two litre bottle in the bucket before leaving for work and it's usually still quite cool some eight or nine hours later.;-)

sik80 05-14-2010 08:15 AM

good post. i've notice my temp increasing on sunny days as my tank gets direct sun on part of it for an hour or 2 on sunny days.

summer doesn't really seem to have begun properly in the uk yet. its still only 11 degrees outside today and i've only had one barbeque so far this year!

Angel079 05-14-2010 08:19 AM

Kym actually for the more handy / diy people here installing CPU fan's from your computer goes a LONG way (and its nicer looking and quiet) using 2-3 on a 50-60g tank does the trick already. I'm thinking to build one into the shrimp tank now (well rather have macgyver do it :lol: )

Oh wow 1077 that's scary right there, especially since I think to remember you used to breed Discus as well, either case that's scary high!
*Knock on wood* so far I always caught mine rise 'on time' thou the shrimp tank scared me already yesterday.

1077 05-14-2010 09:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Angel079 (Post 383761)
Kym actually for the more handy / diy people here installing CPU fan's from your computer goes a LONG way (and its nicer looking and quiet) using 2-3 on a 50-60g tank does the trick already. I'm thinking to build one into the shrimp tank now (well rather have macgyver do it :lol: )

Oh wow 1077 that's scary right there, especially since I think to remember you used to breed Discus as well, either case that's scary high!
*Knock on wood* so far I always caught mine rise 'on time' thou the shrimp tank scared me already yesterday.

Nope ,never bred Discus but raised babies to adult size. My water was/is not suited for spawning success.
Saw eggs,but they usually were eaten .:|

aunt kymmie 05-14-2010 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 383741)
Good tips! I remember Discus tank that took two 300 watt heaters to maintain stable 84 degrees during winter months.
Was performing water change one early spring morning and happened to notice thermometer reading near 90 degrees F ! Would have fried nearly all other tropicals.
Two litre bottles of water frozen,also helps keep my dogs water cool during the summer months. He stays outdoors and drinks from five gallon bucket. I place a frozen two litre bottle in the bucket before leaving for work and it's usually still quite cool some eight or nine hours later.;-)

Wow, GREAT tip. I never thought about doing something to keep my dogs water buckets cool. Excellent idea which I'm going to do!

Now, there's that reference to Hoover again. Am I ever going to get to see a pic of Hoover?
I figure if I nag long enough (here in this thread, and on multiple others) you're bound to get sick and tired of me and post one! :lol:

1077 05-14-2010 09:49 AM

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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 383780)
Wow, GREAT tip. I never thought about doing something to keep my dogs water buckets cool. Excellent idea which I'm going to do!

Now, there's that reference to Hoover again. Am I ever going to get to see a pic of Hoover?
I figure if I nag long enough (here in this thread, and on multiple others) you're bound to get sick and tired of me and post one! :lol:

Gotta find me /borrow, a decent camera. Up until recently, i would have been embarrased to show picture of Hoover, he had skin irritation due to possible flea/tick med or possible irritation from insects of some type that may have been in hay I used for bedding in his dog house.
In any event, nearly all his hair was chewed from his tail.
I stopped with the flea/tick meds and removed the hay and hair is growing back and he ain't chewin on his tail any more. Just chewed up a 50 dollar pair of hip waders earlier this week and I believe he could tell ,,, I was not amused.
I mean the girlfriends boots were there as well.:roll:

aunt kymmie 05-14-2010 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 383789)
Gotta find me /borrow, a decent camera. Up until recently, i would have been embarrased to show picture of Hoover, he had skin irritation due to possible flea/tick med or possible irritation from insects of some type that may have been in hay I used for bedding in his dog house.
In any event, nearly all his hair was chewed from his tail.
I stopped with the flea/tick meds and removed the hay and hair is growing back and he ain't chewin on his tail any more. Just chewed up a 50 dollar pair of hip waders earlier this week and I believe he could tell ,,, I was not amused.
I mean the girlfriends boots were there as well.:roll:

Uh oh. Bad, Hoover, Bad. Sometimes dogs get into that chew mode and it can become a nuerotic behavior, long after the thing that made them itch in the first place is gone. I'm glad his skin is better. Did he get the G/F's boots as well?? :shock:

Angel079 05-14-2010 07:59 PM

Don't be mad at Hoover just a sick hurting pup :-) could be worst you could have my neighbors mastiff mix who REALLY chews up EVERYTHING in her reach the Porch railing, firewood, water hoses & wheels, any & all flowers& pots, power tools, riding mowers, the large garden tiller attachment for the Tractor.....I can go on and on over what that dog took apart in the past year of her puppy life......I LOVE dogs ya'll know that but with that kinda destructive dog I'd have lost patience long ago :roll: (especially cause she gets in other folks stuff too and its getting pricey for my poor neighbor by now)

SO looking at it from this perspective maybe Hoover ain't as bad :-D


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