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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 25, Issue 12

> Message: 1
> Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 19:51:04 -0700
> From: Jerry Baker <jerry at bakerweb_biz>
> Subject: [APD] Canopy Cooling
> To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
> I see that the IceCap fans are horribly expensive at some $45, and loud
> at 47.8dBA. I can put together a 35.5dBA fan and a 12VDC transformer for
> about $13. True that the IceCap is variable speed, but the whole point
> of variable speed is to be quiet. When the fan I'm talking about is
> 12dBA less than the IceCap (less than half loud as perceived by the
> ear), I don't see where the IceCap has an advantage. Is there something
> critical I am missing, or is this another case of the aquarium hobbyist
> being gouged?
> -- 
> Jerry Baker

The larger of the Icecap fans (3" up to 43 CFM, 4" up to 112 CFM) that I own
moves large volumes of air. Not sure how this compares to a computer type
cooling fan. I like the Icecap fans. They are ultra reliable. I have a
homemade canopy that uses a thermally controlled computer fan and it is much
louder than my Icecap, but works just fine.

Most Icecap fans are used by refkeepers, who have sumps and prefilters and
lots and lots of water movement, so noise is not really an issue for them.

My Icecap fan cools a canopy on a 240 gallon lightly planted tank with a wet
dry and built in overflows, so noise is not an isssue for me either.


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