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Tank Temperature unstable. Help needed fast plz.
Old 05-09-2007, 10:28 PM   #11
 
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Turn a fan on and point it at the surface of your water. Maybe that'll help.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:40 PM   #12
 
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I can't just do that. My tank is elevated roughly 5 feet off the floor. There's no way to mount a fan. There's no way to just keep it pointed at my tank at the angle I need. I can't just remove my hood due to some custom modifications I made to it for my top dwellers. I've considered your idea already, it's just not practical at the moment.

I can only hope my room cools off soon. Ice cubes did work last night but it was a mere temporary solution and the temporary shot back up like 30 mins later.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:54 PM   #13
 
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Tell your dad to turn on the AC, and that you'll pay for it. You can also try to find an old AC unit on craigslist/ebay/clasifieds and then just run it in your room.
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:03 PM   #14
 
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You don't need to point the fan at the water. A fan simply running against the glass that is blowing colder air will help to cool it off. Even a fan directed at the bottom will help.
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:17 AM   #15
 
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fish_4_all had the right idea with the chiller, but if that isn't an option, then there is still one recourse, though it will be a pain in the but and take up some time. Small water changes frequently and add a few air stones, being sure to remove any solid cover from the tank and replacing it with something like the egg crating that fish_4_all mentioned. Please don't put ice cubes into the tank again. You were lucky this time, but for many species of fish, the sudden extreme change in temperatures in pockets around the tank can cause the body to go into shock and cause almost immediate death. Water changes, water at a cooler but not "cold" temperature, never more than 5 - 10% at a time, and if the weather is real warm, maybe multiple times in a day. The biggest concern with that type of temp fluctuation is going to be lack of oxygen. Warmer water holds less oxygen. If you can increase the oxygen intake without overdoing it, you should be ok. Air stones in various areas of the tank where the bubbles break the surface will act as a cooling agent. Mind you, this won't completely solve the problem by itself, but combined with the water changes, should see you through until you can afford the chiller.
Good Luck with it! If you need ideas for chillers, let me know, I'll get you some links to browse. I would need to know how big the tank is and what fish are in it to gauge which ones would be best and reasonably priced... [/i]
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:23 AM   #16
 
get a water chiller my friend who lives in texas has the same problem he got one of the inline heaters and a chiller with a ranco temp controller or if im not mistaken u might be able to use a regular heater but it solved his problem
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:11 AM   #17
 
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I did try pointing my large fan that I use at the tank to keep the warm air away from the tank, but it didn't work, it ran throughout yesterday and the night, nothing has changed. Turning off the light has helped, it dropped about a half degree.

Thanks for the heads up about the ice cubes. My Betta was acting kind of jumpy, I figured it may have bothered him a bit but I didn't know it could kill my fish. I never would have even considered it had I known that.

It's warm outside today so we'll see how it goes. I turned on the AC since my dad is at work, so maybe my fish can get a break.

I knew that I would have to increase aeration so I siphoned maybe a half inch or so of water from the tank last night before bed, so the hang-on filter now creates a longer waterfall, creating far more bubbles than before. It seems to have helped my fish a lot, their gills aren't moving nearly as fast as they were yesterday. :D :D

Thanks for the help guys.
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Old 05-10-2007, 07:43 PM   #18
 
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I have an idea. If you have a small spare fan and a spare wire or two this will work. Also, you must have a tank hanging filter. First, bend the wires into a hook to fit around the top of the fan without the blades hitting the fan and also, at the top, bending the wire into a hook. Then, hang the fan onto the filter by the back of the filter.Then plug it in, plug it in!
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:09 AM   #19
 
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Please don't try that last idea... hang on filters are not strong enough to support the weight of any type of fan. That would be very dangerous and could cause multiple problems... like a fan falling into the water... electrocuting your fish, possibly you, and could even start a fire.
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Old 05-11-2007, 11:31 AM   #20
 
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I hadn't planned on it, although thanks anyways for the help hellow.

Well my A/C seemed to have helped. I let the A/C run throughout the night, left my hood open, and it has returned to just under 26C. My heater is still unplugged, because it doesn't seem to be leaving this position on the thermometer. I'll set it back up anyways to heat up from a lower temp just as a backup in case my house suddenly chills too much. :D
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