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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)5:38    Post subject: To Hot, but no heater Reply with quote

I just read another posting about overheating but my issue which I have had with past tanks as well has nothing to do with a heating unit.

My tanks seem to always run 80F to 85F and I do not have a heater in the tank.....

The only reason I can come up with the water staying warm is room temp since my wife is always COLD. That works for winter months but durning the summer when the AC is on, the tanks usually stay in that range still.

Does anyone know how to DROP the temp of a tank??
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Kideafish
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Location: South Wales ( U.K)

PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)6:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

There must be some source of heat in that room warming the tanks.

I know that my fish breeding room is at the front of my house and this is where the sun shines in through the day.

When the sun shines in even in the winter now I can turn my heaters off for sometime as the room heats them fine.

Is it a warm room anyway with the sun shining in ?

Are the tanks near a heat source I.e Radiator/heater ?
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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)6:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

since its been a few years since I have had a tank ill just focus on my 10G I have now.

It is sitting on a table, in the living room (fairly large room) between our backdoor and a large window. Some light if any may get into the tank but not a lot. The tank is a good 6 to 12 inchs below the window and sitting to the side of the window. We have blinds on both the window and the window on the door.

Its hard to explain but I don't think it is the sun...
There is a vent close to the tank which could be doing some of the heating.

I DID actually find a water chiller on the web....OMG they are NOT cheap unlike the heaters you can by for pennies....

I also read somewhere about plants having issues due to cold water, I am assuming plants can have the same issues because of warm water....so this might explain my plant problems....
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Kideafish
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)7:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well which ever way you go good luck.

I know that some people if their tanks are over heated will take tank lid off and blow a fan over the surface of the water while moving the water with an aeriator pump.

One of the moveable head fans.
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Huntress
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)11:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the ambiant temperature of your room and what kind of lighting are you using?
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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)15:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will have to try the hood open and fan thing....might work...

The temp is been 78 and 80 F and the hood lighting is 2 15W Bulbs.
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Maillis
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)16:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 15W incandescent bulbs? That's probably your heat source, if they are flourescent they may still be putting off enough heat.
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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)19:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry yes they are incandescent bulbs.....

I'm not happy with this aquarium but it was free so I guess I can't complain.
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PostPosted: 2004.11.12(Fri)10:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL Well it's the incandescent bulbs that are causing the problem. You should probably get a kit to retrofit the hood to fluorescent or buy a new hood which is really cheap for a 10g. Incandescent hoods are useless most of the time since they heat tanks to disgustingly high levels and don't do squat if you want plants. I'd just replace the hood.
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PostPosted: 2004.11.12(Fri)16:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should maybe look into putting those curly fluorescent bulbs that screw into incandescent sockets in. The incandescent bulbs are probably the reason you are having trouble with your plants too by the way.

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