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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 6:51 pm Post subject: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

 Hi  guyz
 
 Due  to  increasing  need  for  my  planted  tank,and  upcomming  marine  tank,  to  have  a  chiller,i  went  to  the  lfs  to  get  a  chiller.But  quality  chillers  were  well  beyond  my  reach  as  of  now.So  i  cam  hom  and  stumbled  upon  this  idea  to  make  a  chiller  myself.
 
 I  plan  to  do  this  in  a  very  indegenious  way,stealing  the  concept  from  desert  coolers.The  whole  cabinet  of  the  cooler,wid  wood  wool(khus)  and  stuff  is  an  effectice  cooler.The  temperature  of  the  the  water  in  tank  of  the  cooler  stays  somewhere  less  than  20C.I  dont  kno  if  all  coolers  have  this  result,but  mine  does.So  using  this  concept  for  chilling  an  aquarium  shudnt  b  a  harm.And  far  better  than  a  convetional  chiller  cost-wise.The  only  chiller  my  LFS  had  costed  17k,  while  a  small  coooler  costs  somwr  around  Rs500.The  chiller  for  the  planted  wont  b  a  big  problem,but  for  the  marine  i  ll  be  needing  a  plastic  based  material.
 
 Need  Help  people....Tell  me  if  this  idea  has  any  potential  do  i  may  begin  work,or  its  jst  a  waste  of  time.
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 6:53 pm Post subject: Re: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

 Just  save  up  and  buy  a  chiller.
 
 It  looks  much  better  than  a  DIY,  and  doesn't  give  much  problems.
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 9:36 pm Post subject: Re: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

 Well....i  am  just  a  student,i  dont  earn,and  wont  be  doing  so  for  another  5  years  atleast.So  saving  just  isnt  an  option.And  i  ll  b  needing  two  chillers  anyway,even  if  i  con  someone  and  get  1,i  ll  steel  need  a  marine  chiller.....
 
 So  is  my  idea  worth  the  effort?
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 9:44 pm Post subject: Re: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

 the  only  thing  is  u  should  have  a  little  or  thorough  knowledge  of  ¬†how  a  chiller  is  built  then  its  very  simple  mechanics  ,
 
 for  eg  u  can  have  a  pipe  running  through  your  fridge  to  cool  down  the  water  its  as  simple  as  it  gets  ,to  cool  anthing  u  need  codensor  and  the  place  where  u  wanna  chill  the  place  where  evouporation  takes  place  and  cooling  also,
 
 the  main  thing  in  developing  a  chiller  is  power  usage  as  considered  for  your  aqaurium,a  fridge  costs  just  5000rs  nowadays  that  make  ice  all  year  round,  but  we  need  cool  water
 
 i  suggest  to  contact  people  who  make  car  acs,  because  its  very  compact  if  u  cant  find  blue  print  or  idea  on  how  to  make  a  chiller
 
 go  on  do  it  dont  be  scared,it  all  depends  on  how  u  apply
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 9:57 pm Post subject: Re: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

 @above
 yea  man  I  reserched  before  comming  to  this  absurd  concept.But  even  that  might  be  to  much  to  ask  for  from  my  old  folks  (got  a  very  very  pricey  gift  for  bday  Cheering  ).And  i  am  able  to  control  the  temperature  manually,but  i  guess  it  ll  be  a  cool  summer  project.I  cudnt  find  nething  like  this  on  the  internet  too....
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 11:01 pm Post subject: Re: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

 Another  simple  idea  thats  working  for  me  this  summer.
 
 2x  4"  Exhaust  fans  blowing  directly  on  the  water  surface.  Keeps  the  temp  about  27-29c.
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 11:15 pm Post subject: Re: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

 but  i  need  sub  25C,Will  exhausts  work?
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 3:39 am Post subject: Re: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

 Depends  on  the  humidity  in  your  area.
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 6:47 am Post subject: Re: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

 Ashwin,
 Exhaust  fans  work  for  people  staying  in  dry  areas  (NCR  say).  I  guess,  you  are  staying  in  one  of  those  areas  as  you  are  using  cooler  (thats  what  most  of  us  use  in  Delhi).  However,  with  humidity  (July_sept),  this  will  be  ineffective.  So  you  can  use  the  following  combination:
 1.  Exhaust  fans  (should  work  reasonably  well  during  peak  but  dry  summer)
 2a.  Ice  packs  (in  packets)  in  water  for  5-6  times  a  day  OR
 2b.  Take  a  thermo  col  box.  Drill  two  holes  in  them  for  a  pipe  to  pass  in  through  the  hole  and  another  to  pass  out.  Fill  the  thermo  col  with  as  much  as  ice  possible,  Now  take  a  pipe  that  takes  water  from  your  tank,  passes  through  the  box  and  then  flows  back  to  your  tank.  Try  and  ensure  that  as  much  of  the  pipe  (say  2  metres)  passes  through  the  box.  If  the  water  flow  through  the  pipe  is  moderate,  and  if  ice  inside  the  box  is  sufficient  (around  5  kg),  then  this  should  work  for  a  while.  This  is  a  crude  method,  but  worth  trying  as  there  is  hardly  any  investment  in  it.
 
 
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 11:44 am Post subject: Re: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

 Well  said  Bappa,  few  more  hints,  earthen  vessels  for  holding  water,  wet  cover  on  earthen  vessel,  a  fan  on  the  wet  cover,  vessel  standing  on  sand  and  water  willl  make  a  good  cheap  chiller  IMO.
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 Yes,  Dev  it  will  and  should  keep  the  water  atleast  5-6  degrees  cooler.  My  only  worry  is  whether  it  would  be  effective  with  salt  water?  Frankly,  I  don't  the  answer.
 
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 12:04 pm Post subject: Re: DIY...Chiller?! Reply with quote

                                                   
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Well  said  Bappa,  few  more  hints,  earthen  vessels  for  holding  water,  wet  cover  on  earthen  vessel,  a  fan  on  the  wet  cover,  vessel  standing  on  sand  and  water  willl  make  a  good  cheap  chiller  IMO.                

 
 That  was  my  idea  Very Happy
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 Earthen  pots!
 Yea,(why  didnt  i  think  of  this  Confused)
 I  guess  i  can  try  both,  got  nothing  to  do  anyway  these  days...
 And  also,  will  these  methods  b  aplicable  for  saltwater  too?
 I  dont  know,but  maybe  salt  might  have  some  other  effects,it  was  wierd  effect  on  ice.
 
 thnx  alot  for  all  the  inputs  people!
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 You  need  to  check  that  out  right?
 
 As  in  I  believe  that  people  have  not  done  any  journals  on  this  on  forums  and  if  they  have  done,  I  do  not  know  it.  More  over,  I  think  they  have  hardly  come  out  with  the  results.  I  want  to  do  this  in  a  fresh  water  ambiance,  but  do  not  have  the  time.
 
 If  you  do,  please  do  a  journal  and  share  the  results  with  us  on  IAH.
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 Great  men  think  alike,  at  times.
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