AQUARIUM CHILLER/COOLER GENERAL INFO Do You Need An Aquarium Chiller?
Maintaining an optimal tank temperature in the summer months can be a challenge (see below for optimal temperatures). An aquarium chiller (also referred to as an aquarium cooler, aquarium water chiller, fish tank chiller & tank chiller
) is one of a couple options for maintaining temperature. Although aquarium chillers can be quite expensive, aquarium-supply.biz finds that aquarium chillers are quite economical for a couple of reasons:
1. Running an aquarium chiller will be cheaper than running your air conditioning when you're not home or on vacation. This is especially true for situations where no one is home during the day and the air conditioning is being kept on just for the sake of the aquarium.
2. Aquarium chillers are low maintenance and high longevity products.What Is the Optimal Aquarium Chiller Size?
The AquaEuro USA
, JBJ Arctica
chillers we carry each have a recommended tank size (provided by the manufacturer
). Determining the correct size chiller takes many factors into account--including the amount of water in the tank and sump, the ambient air temp, the temp of the tank and the heat put out by the lighting and the pumps. We highly recommend that you get an aquarium chiller that is more powerful than recommended. This is because as you go from the less powerful to more powerful aquarium chillers the price does not increase much while the capability increases greatly. The larger the chiller for any given system, the longer it will last because the less it will run. What Is the Optimal Temperature?
Corals come from a variety of ocean environments where the temperature ranges from the low seventies to the low nineties. Ideally, you should stick to corals from a single environment and maintain your tank at the normal temperature for that environment. However, since most reef aquariums have a variety of corals from different marine environments, sticking to the 75-82 degree range is a somewhat safe choice. Chillers For Smaller Tanks?
Nano reef tanks, such as the JBJ nano cube and the Current USA AquaPod, are creating a new need for small aquarium chillers (aka nano chillers and aquarium micro chillers). We carry a number of 1/15 & 1/10HP chillers
for smaller tanks.