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|Keeping the tank cool|
we have a 10 gallon freshwater tank in our room with about 3 fish in it right now. our house does not have AC and we are having a big problem keeping the temp in the tank safe for them because of the heat in the room. other then a fan, which we have already tried, does anyone have a suggestion on how to keep the water cool for out little guys?
|Posted 01-Jun-2011 02:10|
Have you tried positioning the fan such that it blows across the surface of the water? (this would provide evaporative cooling, rather than just moving hot air around the room)
Other than that (and the very pricey option of a chiller, which isn't really considered necessary for tropical fish - although I guess there may be extreme cases - and I don't know if they even make them for such small tanks), there's not a lot of options that provide a stable temperature change. If you have a heater for the tank for in winter, make sure that's not on the fritz and making it worse (you might want to just unplug and maybe even remove it for the hot season, just don't forget to put it back when it cools off).
If you have incandescent lights on the tank (presumably if you have incandescent lights you don't have plants either that would depend on the light schedule), turn those off to avoid heating the water more.
|Posted 01-Jun-2011 05:18|
How about moving the tank into a small room such as a bedroom and picking up a second hand AC unit (try craigslist?) for the window? Probably be the cheapest, easiest solution.
As superlion said, make sure to keep the tank light off when not necessary, check your heater or remove it entirely. And also, make sure there isn't any sunlight hitting the tank, this can warm it up significantly.
|Posted 06-Jun-2011 03:56|
thanks for the advice
we managed to keep it under control by placing a fan nest to it, propping the lid open slightly and placing a piece of cardboard over the side of the tank that was collecting the sunlight. on really hot days keeping the light off is helping as well
|Posted 13-Jul-2011 14:50|
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