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Hello, after setting up my DIY water chiller and seeing it able to drop my water to 65-66 degrees in an ambient of 79, I will say for a total of $80, my DIY water chiller is VERY good. I have tested and set this up for just over a month now.

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IGLOO Ice Maker (manufacture refurbished $50 on eBay)
10' 3/16" ID tubing
1 ~120 gph pump
1 Aluminum cpu cooling sync (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Basically I put water in the ice maker reservoir, and drill 2 holes on the plastic lid for the intake and output tubing. Inside the reservoir, there will be the cooling sync and tubing which will chill the water efficiently.

Connect the tubings as you wish just make sure to attach the tubing so it doesn't suck in sand or big debris (small algae gunks or such is fine, just no rocks or sand). It will gradually decrease the temperature, but in 12 hours it should drop it at LEAST 12 degrees from ambient temperature for a 15 gallon aquarium. I have yet to test it on bigger tanks, but this has been so cost effective and efficient that I don't see why one would want to buy a $130 ice probe or a $300 water chiller if you have a smaller aquarium.



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Love it! I have a small bit of filter sponge attached to my intake so if any sand is hanging around the water column during/after a water change or if I have disturbed the substrate, it doesn't get into the chiller. Hope this holds out for you, would love to know how well it works with a larger aquarium.



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I attached a glass lid to my aquarium and it has dropped the temperature to a low of 64.9 and is maintaining a 65.4.



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If you find in summer it is trapping heat you can always DIY a mesh cover. I made one from the frame on the tank (detatched it using a razor) and used silicone to stick mesh screening. Literally $5



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