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tabitha20gallons 06-26-2007 11:19 PM

HOT TANKS
 
i am worried. We are currently having a hot spell and my 20 gallon community tank and 55 cichlid tank are both at 86F! Should I be concerned and how can I reduce the temperature safely?

Lupin 06-26-2007 11:28 PM

What fish do you have in those tanks? There are fish that should be able to tolerate it. If you have AC, you might use it but that method is very expensive. Floating a coke bottle filled with 2/3 of cold water will help or float a freezer bag containing ice cubes.

tabitha20gallons 06-27-2007 08:28 AM

What I have
 
I have african Malawi cichlids in the 55. The other has guppies, neons, a bala, a p.cat, redtailed shark, and scissortail rasboras.

mcdanielnc89 06-27-2007 08:55 AM

I would think they would be fine!

mHeinitz57 06-27-2007 10:44 AM

keep the tank as clean as possible though. Ammonias, nitrites and nitrates can actually be more lethal to the fish at higher temperatures so make sure you keep an eye on all of that. JUst keep the area around the tanks as cool as possible. Sometimes a fan blowing at the tank with a tray of ice water in front of it will do the trick.

Gump 06-27-2007 02:19 PM

For my tanks 135g and smaller i have floor fans that i put on top of the tank and blow down on the water. They work really well.

mHeinitz57 06-27-2007 02:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gump
For my tanks 135g and smaller i have floor fans that i put on top of the tank and blow down on the water. They work really well.

Just be careful you aren't blowing tons of dust, odors or airborn chemicals into the water. Tanks are kept covered for a reason :-)

tabitha20gallons 06-27-2007 02:38 PM

THANKS!
 
Tanks everyone! There are lots of good ideas to try! And I do feel a little more at ease. :D

The-Wolf 06-28-2007 03:11 AM

a few good ways of cooling your tank(s)

1) lights off
2) lid open with a desk fan blowing on the surface (not suitable for fish that jump, fly or crawl out of the tank) be careful the desk fan can not fall into the tank.
3) desk fan blowing on the front glass.
4) floating ice (in a bottle) or better yet pykrete http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete (have back up in freezer to replace when first has thawed)
5) immerse the bottom part of your external canister in iced salt water

The-Wolf 06-28-2007 03:13 AM

a few good ways of cooling your tank(s)

1) lights off
2) lid open with a desk fan blowing on the surface (not suitable for fish that jump, fly or crawl out of the tank) be careful the desk fan can not fall into the tank.
3) desk fan blowing on the front glass.
4) floating ice (in a bottle) or better yet pykrete http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete (have back up in freezer to replace when first has thawed)
5) immerse the bottom part of your external canister in iced salt water


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