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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:41 am Post subject: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 Hello  Friends
 
 I  am  really  apprehensive  about  how  to  maintain  my  planted  set  up  in  coming  summer  months.  I  need  your  experiences  and  tips  to  keep  the  plants  in  good  conditions.  I  can  not  afford  a  chiller  immediately.
   
 What  is  your  expereince  with  Java  or  Chrismass  moss  or  Hair  grass?
 
 Specially  Chennai  friends,  how  do  you  manage  ?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:59 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 Open  the  top  of  the  aquarium  is  possible,  this  helps  in  evaporation.  
 Buy  small  fans  used  in  smps  and  angle  them  across  the  surface  of  the  water,  this  will  cool  the  tank  down.
 Move  mosses  from  directly  below  the  lights,  I  don't  think  you  need  chillers.  The  temp  of  water  is  always  2-3  degree  cooler  than  ambient  temprature.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:42 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 Further  to  Sandeep's  suggestion  -  here  is  an  interesting  DIY  concept  for  those  who  are  mechanically  inclined.  
 
 http://www.victri.net/articles/Fan_cooling.html
 
 This  guy  makes  a  chiller  using  the  cooling  fans  from  his  junked  computers  (plenty  available  in  Chandni  Chowk,  Kolkata).  Really  interesting  and  ingenuous.  But  I  could  never  perhaps  do  it.
 
 Anyone  has  any  idea  how  much  of  a  difference  a  fan  makes  to  the  water  temp?  Significant?  Temp  in  Kolkata  in  summer  hovers  around  40  deg  C.  Sandeep  have  you  used  fans?  Did  they  make  a  real  difference?
 
 http://www.victri.net/articles/Fan_cooling.html
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 2:07 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 I've  been  using  PC  fans  in  my  tank  for  about  a  month  and  there  is  a  dfinite  3C  drop  and  5C  if  the  A/C  is  on  in  the  room,  which  is  pretty  good  in  my  opinion.  
 
 I  also  use  two  120mm  fans  undervolted  to  running  at  7V.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:12 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 
 in  the  above  picture  you  will  see  that  there  are  two  fans  actually  the  canopy  incorporates  four.
 the  fan  that  you  see  upright  is  responsible  for  blowing  out  air  from  the  canopy  (exaust)  and  the  other  one  that  is  suspended  blows  air  'on'  the  surface  of  the  water  to  cool  it.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:00 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 those  are  AC  fans  or  DC.  
 
 If  they  are  AC  then  which  make.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:27 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 yes  Harsh  they  are  ac  and  these  chinese  made  fans  are  hard  to  brand  identify  because  everytime  you  go  to  buy  one  there's  a  different  one  available   Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:33 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 How  much  temperature  do  these  tanks  reduce....??
 
 Say,  I  am  using  two  fans  to  blow  air  on  the  surface  of  the  water  on  one  side  of  the  tank  (may  be  the  side  where  I  have  the  power  heads  running)....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:15 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 Depends  upon:
 1)  Fan  size  (diameter)
 2)  Surface  area  across  which  it  blows  (so  more  the  diameter  better)
 3)  Ambient  temperature  and  humidity  (more  humidity  =  less  evaporation)
 4)  The  way  its  mounted,  as  shown  by  nauzer,  the  more  it  blows  across  the  surface,  more  the  cooling.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:25 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 Will  it  be  around  5  to  6  degrees??
 
 My  tank  goes  up  to  84  or  86  in  summer.........
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 9:37 am Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 Two  4"  fans  brings  the  temp  by  3C  for  a  55  gal  tank.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:35 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 Is  there  any  portable  chiller  where  the  Cooling  stick  can  be  inserted  in  water  to  cool  the  water.  Like  a  immersion  heater  stick  ?
 
 I  do  not  know,  just  guessing  if  there  is  any  such  device  or  not.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:38 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

                                                   
Rana  wrote  (View  Post):                
Is  there  any  portable  chiller  where  the  Cooling  stick  can  be  inserted  in  water  to  cool  the  water.  Like  a  immersion  heater  stick  ?
 I  do  not  know,  just  guessing  if  there  is  any  such  device  or  not.
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 Hi  rana,
 talk  to  your  AC  mechanic  and  get  it  made  -  the  coil  used  for  refrigerators  and  water  coolers  are  made  of  copper  so  tell  him  to  design  a  coil  for  you  either  in  Titanium  or  worst  come  to  worst  Stainless  steel.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:40 pm Post subject: Re: Maintaining Planted Aquarium in Summer Reply with quote

 But  he'll  need  to  run  atleast  a  1/2  bhp  compressor  to  cool  the  liquid  in  the  coil.  
 And  that  will  be  expensive  unless  he  decides  to  DIY  there  are  loads  of  such  DIY  on  the  internet.
 This  will  work  the  best  if  he  uses  a  sump  to  house  the  chilling  coil,  that  way  he'll  be  able  to  use  a  used  small  fridge  parts  which  can  be  easily  obtained  under  1500  rupees.  
 I  also  thought  about  this  but  my  parents  would  frown  seeing  all  the  equipment  mess.
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But  he'll  need  to  run  atleast  a  1/2  bhp  compressor  to  cool  the  liquid  in  the  coil.  
 And  that  will  be  expensive  unless  he  decides  to  DIY  there  are  loads  of  such  DIY  on  the  internet.                

 that  is  exactly  why  I  said  talk  to  your  AC  mechanic  -  now  a  days  there  are  alot  of  cheap  chinese  compressors  available  and  such  a  cooling  unit  can  be  easily  set-up  in  about  3K
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