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This is a discussion on Chiller Advice within the Axolotl tank set-ups, filters, substrate forums, part of the Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) category; Hello! I bought two juvenile axolotls last Saturday and I'm absolutely in love. However, living in Atlanta, the weather can ...

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Hello! I bought two juvenile axolotls last Saturday and I'm absolutely in love. However, living in Atlanta, the weather can get pretty hot over the summer. The weather is warming up, and I have fan set up blowing across the top of my 20 gallon long to help speed up evaporation. However, this doesn't do much temperature wise. Currently my tank has been anywhere from the high 60s to the low 70s (degrees fahrenheit), and I know I want to invest in a chiller.
Chillers aren't cheap... so that's why I'm coming to this forum for advice! I want to make sure I buy a chiller that does the job well. Does anyone have recommendations for chillers? Brand? Size? And set up?
Thank you so much!



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UPDATE: A friend said he'd be willing to give me his Current 1/4 HP chiller. Would this be overkill for a 20 gallon long? Could I hurt my axolotls by using this?



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So, I am new and personally trying to get my own answers. However​ I see you haven't gotten a response yet so here is my 2 I live in GA too and just bought a chiller to set my tank up. It is waaaay too hot here!

Personally from my experience with research, I think you should be fine as long as your chiller has a thermometer and keeps track of the tank temp and turns off when needed. As far as I know the recommend getting a size up from what you really need so you don't strain your chiller. If it saves you $ I'd say do it! I had to pay $400 for mine and that was outrageous!

Love to hear how it works out!



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I actually ended up buying a 1/13 HP chiller for my 20 long! It cost $400 as well YIKES! At least my tank will stay cool!



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