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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Keeping The Temperature Down In An Aquarium This Summer

During those summer months there is always the chance of your aquarium overheating. Here are a few tips on how to keep the aquarium cool this summer:

1) There are aquarium cooling units that you can buy. These can be fairly expensive but if you live in an area where it is hot the majority of the year, you should invest in an aquarium chiller. Your fish will thank you. :) (Well, maybe not... but they will be much healthier and happier with a more consistent water temperature.)

2) Make an emergency aquarium chiller. This requires a lot of changing out of ice but it will cool the aquarium down temporarily. There are a couple ways of making an aquarium chiller:
    a) You can fill a ziploc bag with ice. Let the bag of ice float at the top as it cools down the aquarium. *You will need to keep a close eye on the temperature of the tank so that it doesn't cool too much and harm your fish.
    b) If you have a canister filter, you can let it sit in a bucket of ice that will cool down the water as it passes through the canister filter. *Again, you will have to closely monitor the temperature as it can fall quickly while the ice is in place.

3) Clean your aquarium, then add some cooler water. Keep in mind, it shouldn't be too much cooler because your fish can go into shock.

4) Turn off the heater. Once the aquarium has cooled down enough, don't forget to plug it back in. The temperature can change rapidly especially if there isn't something to warm it up.

5) Finally, Keep an eye on the temperature of your aquarium. If you continually check the temperature of your aquarium, you can cool down the water quicker if you catch it before it gets too hot.

Hope these tips help keep your fish cool this summer! Show how your fish are keepin' cool this summer by submitting a picture! Send pics to and leave your name and a short description of the pic. :)