05-10-2007, 02:17 AM
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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]