Claire Corlett

Fish Food, Fish Tanks, and More

How to cool your aquarium in the summer!


the winter season is long over I no longer have to worry about it my
power goes out how I’m going to heat my aquariums but now it’s the summer time
and with the summer comes another unique challenge as an Aquarius we have to deal with the
summer heat and our aquariums overheating so in today’s video I want to give you
guys my top 10 tips on how to cool your aquarium during the summer months you’ll also
want to stick around to the end of the video because i have a special guest
that’s going to share their tips as well before we begin I just want to make
something very clear given the sheer fact that there are so many variables
the different types of aquariums like what size they are what they’re made out
of and what type of an aquarium it actually is some of these tips may or may not apply
to your aquarium and or be as efficient as you’d like them to be with that said
I do urge you to try a few and see which one works best for your situation in
terms of cooling your aquarium down so in no particular order let’s start
off with one that I’ve always recommended for power outages for
example and that is floating a frozen water bottle in your aquarium by simply
floating them in your aquarium and hopefully having it near the output of a
filter and allowing that water to be circulated a little bit more evenly this will effectively slowly cool down
your tank now the bigger the bottle the longer it will last I suggest always
having an extra frozen one on standby in the freezer so that you can rotate them
as they thought out surface agitation also plays a big role in your aquarium
and it does a couple of things for you obviously the number one thing that it
does is increase the overall surface area your aquarium actually has to offer so by simply pointing the outputs of
your filters up or even an airstone you are effectively creating a lot of
surface agitation that will aid in both gasp exchange as well as heat exchange now the gas exchange is important
because as the temperature rises in your tank this will ensure that the co2 is gasthof
a lot faster as well as the heat which leads me into the next tip install a fan
above your aquarium and ensure that it blows across the surface of your tank you’ll have to take your lids off to get
the full effect of this but for an example as the hot air is rising the fan
will remove that hot air from the top of your tank allowing it to cool down
faster this will also cool down your lights but
we’ll get to that in a moment speaking of fans this is a big one for
me if you have a lot of aquariums in a small room you’ll want to have proper
ventilation and circulation of the air now not everybody can install an air
exchanger in their house but something I personally do is get a small fan open up my window and suck the hot air
out then have another oscillating fan that continuously blows air back and
forth in the room circulating it this means that all of the hot air is
search related with in the room and then sucked
out of the window that really cools the room down so controlling the ambient
room temperature is a huge one which brings me to the next tip however this is going to be a larger
investment not only to your aquariums but as well as your home i highly suggest getting an air
conditioner and installing it close to your aquariums if you possibly can it’s pretty much that simple if you
control the ambient room temperature you’ll be able to keep your aquarium is
cooler and speaking of investments this leads me to my next tip a commercial
aquarium chiller now these come in all sizes with the
ability to cool down almost any size aquarium ranging from hot several
hundred dollars to several thousand now obviously that would be a massive
investment but depending on the type of fish that you have or the aquarium that
you already invested in this might be a wise choice to go with with the mention
of a commercial children this leads me to a do-it-yourself chiller now showing
you how to build one of those in the past by simply taking a mini fridge some
garden hose and an aquarium pump which will effectively cool down your tank
however that’s really only going to be efficient on smaller tanks it’s not going to work that well on
larger tanks however recently I’ve seen a lot of you sharing your do-it-yourself
killers with me and I just want to say good job so with chillers in mind we’re now into
looking at treating the water directly and that leads me to my next tip if
you’re aquariums get a little too high why not do a water change with cooler
water now i’m not talking a drastic difference but a few degrees isn’t going
to hurt the fish and I can assure you they’re not going to mind an extra water
change or two this is something i personally do I like
to drain the tank fifty percent and then when i’m adding in New water i change it
by about four degrees in such a large volume of water is really only drops the
overall water temperature by about a couple of degrees but at times that’s
all I needed to do obviously the more water you change and
the colder the water is the more you’ll drop the temperature but if you change
the temperature to drastically in too soon you’re going to shock the fish so
be careful with that too on the note of doing water changes with cooler water
this leads me to my next tip installing a drip system on your aquarium now a
drip system is a continuous flow of cold water to the tank and all of the dirtier
warmer water will simply overflow into a drink now i’m going to cover in detail on how
I added a drip system to an established
tank in a future video with that said a drip system can
effectively lower the waters temperature as well and you can adjust it by simply
increasing the flow not only are you calling your aquarium
but you don’t have to do any water changes either so with all of these tips aside let’s
now look at the culprit that sometimes leads to heating your aquariums that we
rarely take a look at the actual equipment that runs your aquarium I’m talking the pumps the heaters and
lights three things that could potentially be a source of heat let’s start with the pumps if you’re
running a sump like mine a lot of the times we use an internal pump sometimes these internal pumps can put
off quite a bit of heat so you might want to consider switching
out the type of pump for an external pump and one that stays relatively cool however that’s a pretty big change in
investment but it’s certainly something to consider now a lot of you that might have
canister filters or hang on the back filter system that you don’t really have
anything to worry about there the next piece of equipment we commonly
take for granted is our heaters and in the summertime unlike any other time of the year it’s
probably best to make sure that they are calibrated to the temperature you set if
you don’t know how to calibrate your heater’s make sure that you contact the
manufacturer or potentially just check out their website and see if they have
instructions on how to do it there as for lighting we all know that some
White’s can get pretty hot you might not think yours is actually
contributing to raising the temperature of your tank though so my suggestion would be to simply put
your hand under the light and see if you feel any warmth at all if you do well that warmth has to go somewhere if
you feel any war my suggestion would be to simply find a way to raise your
lighting higher up off the tank you can do this by simply putting a
couple two by fours or blocks on each side it’s not that complicated and this
will allow the heat to not go directly down into the tank it will also give you a bit of more
light coverage with the light now elevated install one of those fans we
talked about earlier and had it flow right across the top of the tank and
take all of that hot air from the light as well as the tank and blow it away
elsewhere and while we’re talking about the light
if you can’t elevate them or below the heat away or eliminate them as a heat
source my suggestion would simply adjust your photo . meaning that you the lights on less or not at all
obviously you’re going to have to decide on this whether you have a plan to tank
or reef tank or if you actually need the lights on there if your lights are only
there for viewing purposes my suggestion would to turn them on only
through peak viewing hours ok so one last tip and this is something
a lot of people just simply do not consider now we talked about at the
first of the video though and that is the material your tank is actually made
out of whether it’s glass acrylic or plywood now there’s something called heat
transmission now this roughly translates into how quickly a material loses heat
or heat can pass through it now when it comes to glass acrylic comply with
aquariums glass has a higher heat transmission than acrylic acrylic has a
higher tricky transmission than plywood and what does really breaks down to is
they’re insulated properties and when you’re trying to hold in heat and or
cold the more insulation you have the longer
can hold it in so for looking to heat our aquariums a
glass aquarium will lose the heat faster than acrylic and acrylic will lose the
heat faster than plywood and the same goes for chillin it or cooling your tank
down what I’m getting at is that if things
get bad you’re going to have to insulate the tank this will make sure that your cooling
efforts become far more efficient my suggestion would be simply to pick up
some quarter inch styrofoam and wrap the entire perimeter of the tank not the top though now I know this is
going to block off the whole tank and it’s going to look ugly but drastic
times call for drastic measures and of course in the evening when it
cools down you could take the insulation off and view your fish ok so that was my top 10 tips on how to
cool your aquarium now for a bonus tip for my friend Rachel thanks Joey hello hello DIY fish my
basement fishroom has a unique that I don’t have any windows to run exhaust
fans when temperatures get really hot like they have so what I’ve started doing to control
the key is attaching utility fans to the PVC that runs my central loop around
fish room this not only blows cooler air across the surface of the times but also
moves away any hot air that’s accumulating at the ceiling line now
it’s a really important in my fish room that I have these plugs into the boxes
run around my room that go to my central timer this means as soon as my lights get
going in the morning the fans kick on hopefully preventing
that accumulation of hot air and more consistent temperature throughout the
days and nights hope that helps hey thanks a lot rachel
is really great to get an additional tip now folks I actually convinced Rachel to
do an extra video on top of her regular video schedule and put it out tomorrow she’s also going to cover how she cools
her aquariums and her fish room if you’re not familiar with who Rachel
o’leary is she is the owner of invertebrates by miss jinkx and runs her
own youtube channel as well however i like to call her the queen of
nano with that said she does also have some monster fish of her own while you’re over there checking out
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today’s video if not join me next week and I’ll have something new for you I no longer have to worry about power
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