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kien
07-04-2013, 07:00 AM
In other words, when do you start to panic about your tank's temperature ?

chef
07-04-2013, 07:25 AM
My 93g cube is sitting at 82. Don't have any sps left after a semi crash while I was in Bali. Lps and fish don't seem to mind, but if it gets any higher I'll start panicking. Thank god I'm running LED's.

lastlight
07-04-2013, 07:29 AM
agreed. my temp doesn't change at all no matter how long my light is on. i can't imagine what my temp would have reached the other day if i was still using halides.

kien
07-04-2013, 07:34 AM
83 is my panic point as well. It hovers around 81-82 on really hot days like yesterday, but is typically around 80-81 I think. Today it maxed out at 80.6. If I recall correctly the ocean's reefs average highs are around 82-86 ? OR somewhere there abouts.

lastlight
07-04-2013, 07:43 AM
i'll bet if your reef is always at 83 it's no big deal. as someone said the swing seems to be deadlier than the peak temp if the swing is large enough.

spit.fire
07-04-2013, 09:03 AM
84-85 I get slightly worried, I had a dwarf fuzzy lion fish survive 95 a few years back but nothing else survived

Reef Pilot
07-04-2013, 02:25 PM
I was fretting when one of my tanks would get up to 82 during a warm spell. My other tank was on a chiller, so temps were always in the 78 - 79 range.

Then just last week (before the real hot spell hit) I combined my tanks into one sump with the chiller. Now both stay down in that 78 - 79 range. In fact, over night had my heater come on a couple times as the temp dipped below 78 (heater set to come at 77.9).

And we keep our house central A/C at 74. So I am a happy camper now.

marie
07-04-2013, 03:03 PM
My tank goes from 78 to 82 every day, when it reaches 84-85 I start to panic

SeaHorse_Fanatic
07-04-2013, 04:22 PM
when it reaches 84-85 I start to panic

Same with me. With my old MH lights, I would switch to reverse photoperiod at that point and turn on my AC unit.

kien
07-04-2013, 04:28 PM
I want to know who is panicking when their tank reaches 78 degrees!! I would be panicked 365 days a year if that were my case :lol:

Aquattro
07-04-2013, 04:30 PM
I want to know who is panicking when their tank reaches 78 degrees!! I would be panicked 365 days a year if that were my case :lol:

Send me a buck thru paypal and I'll tell ya :razz:

kien
07-04-2013, 04:35 PM
Send me a buck thru paypal and I'll tell ya :razz:

Well, I did put it on the poll so I shouldn't be surprised to see a result there. Still, I'm surprised to see a result there!

reefwars
07-04-2013, 04:43 PM
77.......i panic easily:mrgreen:

kien
07-04-2013, 04:45 PM
77.......i panic easily:mrgreen:

you're in the wrong hobby then.. :lol:

lastlight
07-04-2013, 04:47 PM
77.......i panic easily:mrgreen:

if the temp goes any higher that tang he's got in there actually wakes up and starts trying to swim around. :mrgreen:

sphelps
07-04-2013, 04:59 PM
My tank was at 84 Tuesday and I didn't have a panic attack so I guess it must be higher than that.

neoh
07-04-2013, 05:13 PM
I hit 85 on Monday morning. I quickly got the temp down with A/C and a direct fan, now it's hovering at 79.9. I had no ill effects from the high temperature, it went up slow, came down slow.

kien
07-04-2013, 05:28 PM
My tank was at 84 Tuesday and I didn't have a panic attack so I guess it must be higher than that.

I didn't know LED tanks could get that hot!!

Aquattro
07-04-2013, 06:09 PM
I didn't know LED tanks could get that hot!!

Mine would hit that easily without the chiller.

mike31154
07-04-2013, 07:15 PM
I like to keep mine between 24 & 27. I must be the only weirdo using C.

sphelps
07-04-2013, 07:16 PM
I didn't know LED tanks could get that hot!!

House was at 30.5C which is 87F. Not sure the LEDs had much to do with it.

lastlight
07-04-2013, 07:57 PM
House was at 30.5C which is 87F. Not sure the LEDs had much to do with it.

no not yours they're full spectrum. i was in the same boat.

JTang
07-07-2013, 04:47 AM
My tank goes from 78 to 82 every day, when it reaches 84-85 I start to panic

Mine is pretty similar to yours. A few days ago it had gone just above 84 n that's pretty much at the limit.

Most of the SPS were cooked and all monti had bleached last summer when it hit 86. I have removed the glass top since and the temperature had dropped at least 2 degrees. Lucky that my tank is in my half basement so it rarely reaches that high. I will leave the MH off when the next heat wave comes.

gregzz4
07-07-2013, 05:42 AM
I voted for 79 degrees, and would only panic if it went over 80-81F, but it never has
My tank is very steady @ 79F and I have no issues as my heaters and chiller work well on my controller

gregzz4
07-07-2013, 06:01 AM
House was at 30.5C which is 87F. Not sure the LEDs had much to do with it.
A couple summers ago, or maybe it was a few ago, I couldn't sleep as our house temp hit 35-7C
We bought AC and cooled the whole house
2 x 10, 000 BTU inits :surprise:
It cost a lot for the short heat-wave, but it was worth it when you have to sleep

Think about working in the heat all day, then coming home to 98-100F heat in your house ... and trying to sleep ...

I always said I would never spend the money on it, but I finally had to buy AC

Here's a warning for those of you who haven't used AC yet in a heat-wave ....

Our units are 10,000 BTUs each, and suck 900w each.
I use them to cool the whole house with the furnace fan on for distribution

With the 2 units running through the first heat-wave we had, we incurred a $250.00 bill, so you decide how often you're gonna use it/them :smile: ...

Myka
07-07-2013, 03:16 PM
My SPS reef used to get to 84-85F every summer for a few years until I got a more effective fan setup. It hasn't gone over 83F yet this year. The colors fade in the summer, but it survives. My panic temperature is 86F. I've only seen bad things happens at that temp.

christyf5
07-08-2013, 01:48 PM
I get concerned when my tank hits 82 or so, it hasnt done that since we moved into our house 4 years ago. When it gets up around 86 I start to go into panic mode and investigate potential causes. Last time it was a skimmer pump with a seized impeller that shot up the temp. Lucky we have ac and a very cold basement so we dont have any problems with summer temperatures. I'm actually more likely to have problems at the other end of the temperature scale and had to add a 2nd heater...

WarDog
04-19-2015, 07:59 AM
Bumping this thread because it was warm here in the GVRD today. My tank got up to 78.8... not quite worried yet, but I am starting to think about the summer days ahead. Maybe it's time to get a chiller.

Wretch
04-19-2015, 08:08 AM
Bumping this thread because it was warm here in the GVRD today. My tank got up to 78.8... not quite worried yet, but I am starting to think about the summer days ahead. Maybe it's time to get a chiller.

I just run a fan in my sump when its hot. Temp never has been above 82. Crossing fingers.

WarDog
04-19-2015, 07:31 PM
I just run a fan in my sump when its hot. Temp never has been above 82. Crossing fingers.

I mean I guess I could try this, but if it doesn't keep the temp down and I go to J&L to get a chiller and find out they are sold out then I guess my only option is bags of ice lol.

daplatapus
04-19-2015, 08:22 PM
When I fire up my wood stove downstairs in the winter, my tank bumps up to just shy of 81. I normally keep it around 77-78. I haven't noticed any ill effects from that much temp rise.