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NFC: Re: Cooler water

Even here in hotter Southern California, I have had success with removing
the lights and covers of the tanks and having a fan blowing across the
tanks.  Water is much cooler than ambient room temperature.

A second low tech approach is to drop plastic bags filled with ice into the
tank or drop a plastic pop bottle filled with ice into the tank.  Monitor
the temperature of the tank with a thermometer and adjust accordingly.
----- Original Message -----
From: Wright Huntley <huntley1 at home_com>
To: <nfc at actwin_com>
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2000 10:11 AM
Subject: NFC: Cooler water

> Recently Robert posted a neat article on the Flagfin Shiner, but the
> temperature requirements were pretty tough for me to maintain.
> Since this is a common problem with native fishes, I wonder what methods
> people have evolved to inexpensively deal with the requirements of more
> temperate fish.
> Here is sunny CA, even right beside the cool bay, I have problems breeding
> many W. African killies that come from the highlands of Gabon or the
> Cameroons. Only for a few short winter months do unheated tanks get down
> enough for some of them to breed.
> Air-conditioning my fishroom was a small help, but not enough to really
> them to spawn.
> I have done OK with some of our desert killies, because their springs are
> quite warm. Likewise, red shiners, mollies, etc. have done OK for me.
> Has anyone ever built an evaporative cooling tower for fish water, or
> adapted swamp-cooler water to chilling tanks? The cool earth would
> make ponds a better solution, but, as a renter, I'm reluctant to make that
> investment.
> I'm receptive to any good ideas that folks have found to work. [Oh, yes, I
> have a huge old refrigerator in my fishroom, but haven't plumbed it as a
> chiller, yet.]
> Wright
> --
>        Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 612-1467
>     An aquarium is just interactive television for cats.

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