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    Cooling tank

    Hi All,
    Just wondering if anyone has some tips to cool my 20 gallon long. I have the tank divided into two with a acrylic sheet to maintain two species of shrimps( Pinto and CRS). I am planning for the summer already, since I know my new warehouse gets pretty hot in the summer. Thinking about investing in a chiller, however, how can I cool the divided tank with 1 chiller? Another option is to buy a aqua lifter, and place a long coil of plastic tubing into a contain will with ices to circulate the tank water through the tube to cool the water with the aqua. But, if anyone has any other options, please advise. Thank you

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    You can possibly freeze some water bottles and let them float. just make sure the container doesn't have glue residue just incase it wasnt safe the for tank.

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    Thanks cpd, I actually tried that last year, however since the warehouse get so hot, lost 3/4 of my crs. Populations grew back to 50 and ain’t trying to lose them again this year. Maybe I can plumb the chiller to both tank

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    Ya i tried frozen water bottles, fans, covering the tank is foil etc etc and nothing really keeps the water at a CONSTANT temp which the shrimp need. I just broke down and bought a chiller and didn't lose a single prl or tiger last summer. 2nd hand ones off craiglist/offerup etc are somewhat fairly priced and seemed to do job very well.

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    I am thinking about a chiller, however, since my 20 gallon long is split in half with a acrylic sheet. Any way I can plumb the chiller to cool both tank with single chiller?

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    Easiest (and most expensive) way to do it will be to use a chiller, probably a 1/10 hp, and put an additional pump from one section to the other. You'll need to put a filter sock of some kind on both pumps, and the return pump will need to be rather large in order to go from the tank, through the chiller, and back to the Display tank.

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    how about drilling some holes in the acrylic sheet? if you're worried about babies crossing put some sponge filter on one or both sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webby View Post
    how about drilling some holes in the acrylic sheet? if you're worried about babies crossing put some sponge filter on one or both sides.
    I was in the car and thinking exactly the same thing.

    It will also provide fewer headaches than having two pumps trying to link up to the same speed.


    Drop the water level, drill large holes and stuff foam sponge until the middle.

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    Cheaper way is to go with cooling fans
    https://www.amazon.com/Petzilla-Aqua...2266181&sr=8-4

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    If you want you can use a styrofoam cooler fill small abount with a bit of dry ice on one end you have fan fit into the side of the cooler other end is where the chilled air goes out itís a ghetto ac


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    Cooling fans work, but will only cool a few degrees. No more than 10 or so.it will also evaporate your water so you'll need to top off every day which may cause instability. The best option is to buy a chiller.
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    How hot does it get in your warehouse, and what's your target temp? You might try a couple of cheap desk or stand fans directed at the water surface to see how much it lowers the temp. The drier it is, the more cooling you'll get. Be sure to put any fans on a timer so you don't overcool at night

    Another idea might be to get a small evaporative cooler (aka swamp cooler) to cool the area around the tanks. I cool my house here in the desert with one, and it can lower the temperature 25-30 degrees on a dry day. But if it gets humid, they won't work as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertPupfish View Post
    How hot does it get in your warehouse, and what's your target temp? You might try a couple of cheap desk or stand fans directed at the water surface to see how much it lowers the temp. The drier it is, the more cooling you'll get. Be sure to put any fans on a timer so you don't overcool at night

    Another idea might be to get a small evaporative cooler (aka swamp cooler) to cool the area around the tanks. I cool my house here in the desert with one, and it can lower the temperature 25-30 degrees on a dry day. But if it gets humid, they won't work as well
    He should also set up a home made automatic water top offer because of how much evaporation is going to happen


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    Interesting subject. I will be facing similar challenges with temps as I have 3 shrimp tanks sitting side by side. I found this online and thought might do the trick.
    plahttps://www.bulkreefsupply.com/iceprobe-thermoelectric-aquarium-chiller-nova-tec.html?msclkid=ec2c4cd5f5ce1e6777531281eb6a375f& utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Shoppi ng%3EHeaters%20%26%20Chillers&utm_term=45778166641 90132&utm_content=Heaters%20%26%20Chillers
    Easiest way would be to buy 2 of these (still cheaper than standard chiller) and drill into a lid and position from the top. Lid can easily be removed when not using and temps are much cooler. Can either look cool like high end technical gadget or look like an eye sore. I might opt for this but still undecided.

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    I guess someone did this already...
    chiller.jpg
    If you really wanted it to stay cool you can also add additional fans, even a desk fan to side of tank aimed at the tank to keep heat sink on device cooler. Add some additional insulation like Styrofoam to rear and side of your tank and your shrimp will thank you.

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