found a great diy chiller online, that i plan on building for when i when i get a bimac. Thought you guys would be interested so heres the link: http://saltaquarium.about.com/od/dyiprojects/l/bldiydonchiller.htm
THe dorm chillers are not designed for continuous use (which using it as an aquarium chiller will do) and they don't have the capacity to cool a significant amount of water.simple;103109 said:you've tried it? aw, i thought i had found a way to save some money.
can you tell me what the problem with it was? thanks.
Paradox;103110 said:the bestoption to cool the tank is a fan for evaporation.
Most DIY chillers will not work.
Evaporation is the best way to go, but you will need to have a way to refill the water everyday. If your using a rodi unit, which is one of the best investments you can get for a system, you can have it set to a float valve and constantly refill what has evaporated.
I had a chiller for my cold seawater system when I lived in California. It was loud and the chiller itself put out a lot of heat but it kept the animals alive. I set the temperature for 65 F and even though the tank was outside, it maintained a constant temperature even in Southern California summers. I purchased the chiller from Aqualogic (http://www.aqualogicinc.com/index.html) in San Diego. I bought the chiller in 1994 and it is still running today (I have had it serviced a couple of times, but the company is really good about repairs). I did eventually purchase a back-up chiller for the times the chiller broke down and I had to send it back to the company for repairs. I think the chiller only broke down on Friday afternoons .Nancy;103115 said:Anybody using a chiller right now who can tell us something about it? - I've always resisited a chiller because of noise and heat in the room (unfortunately, that's my living room!)