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Can't afford a chiller

tywtly

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As you may have guessed by the title, I cannot afford a chiller. I know bimacs need a cooler temp, but there is no way I'll ever affod a chiller. How else can I cool my tank, because I don't want to keep an animal in unfit conditions. I try to keep all my animals in tanks/terrariums that at least try to mimic their homes. I've found it helps them feel more secure, plus it just makes sense.
 

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Rural Northwest Alabama, gets pretty warm, so I'm doing my best to set it up as far away from a window as possible, as my floors will allow...some rooms have really good floors, others we're not so sure about.
 

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Maybe you should keep an octopus that likes warmer water, like aculeatus or mercatoris. Then you wouldn't have a struggle to keep the water cool without a chiller.

Nancy
 

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Do you have a basement? My best advise is keeping all fish tanks in the basement its always cooler and the air temp. is more stable.
 

tywtly

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No basement, just a one story house in the middle of nowhere. I keep the fan on in my room, so the temp is pretty cool in there. Ya think I could float ziploc bags full of ice in the tank?
 

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Fans blowing across the water can significantly lower the temp, especially in dry areas, its been a pretty dry year in Alabama this year so it could work.
 

tywtly

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How will I set that up, though? I'm not really experienced with equipment, so, (sorry), but could you explain that?
 
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Opcn;96678 said:
Fans blowing across the water can significantly lower the temp, especially in dry areas, its been a pretty dry year in Alabama this year so it could work.
If you have a sump, this is a good suggestion, but with an escape prone creature like an octopus, it's just not do-able for the display tank.

The bags of ice aren't a bad idea, but you'd have to replace them over and over and over and over, with frozen R/O water in case they leaked into the tank. And from what I understand, it's more effort than it's worth because it doesn't cool your tank that much.
 

tywtly

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Well, I don't have a sump, and I have no idea how to set one up or the means to set one up, so I'll just have to hope room temp is acceptable.
 

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