The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

Tags Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Store


Axolotl tank set-ups, filters, substrate Discussions on tanks, temperature, filters, gravel, lights etc.



Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 7th June 2016   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 10
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Horser01 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default About Chillers...

First of all, thanks for reading this. Second of all, please (and thank you for) be patient with me. I do not have any experience with keeping tanks. I've had goldfish all my life, but they were kept in bowls until recently (no filters, etc). I now have a 29 gallon tank that has the filter that came with the "starter kit". So please talk to me like I'm stupid. I have been wanting axolotls for a couple years now, and have been doing research for about one year as I actually started planning to get some.

As mentioned, I have a 29 gallon tank for my goldfish. It hovers between 73 - 78 degrees farenheight (on avg). The lowest recorded is 70, while the highest is 80. Not good ranges for axolotls.

The tank I'm thinking of getting for the axolotls is a 40 gallon. (36"x18"x16") It will have a slate tile substrate, and I'm hoping to add a few java ferns, moss balls, and duck weed.

According to my research, adding a screen top instead of the hood will reduce the temp by about 2 degrees. Adding a cooling fan will reduce it between 4 - 8 degrees. That still makes it 74 degrees on a bad day and an avg of 67 - 72 degrees on the regular days. The high ends are still not acceptable, and the avg is barely.

SO, I decided I'd need a chiller. Problem is, newbie that I am, I don't have a CLUE about chillers. I've done some research, and it seems that a drop in chiller would be more practical. But I can't find any sold in Canada. The ones I've found in the states run $800+ US funds, plus shipping. I found an in-line filter for $750 in CAD, plus $5 shipping. Which is better? For pricing as well as quality / practicality / whatever?

This is the inline I was looking at:

As I understand it, you also need additional things to run these. Ie: Pumps, tubing, etc. I don't have a clue what I need. Googling how chillers work gives me the technical part, but not a "You will also need to purchase".

If anyone could spare a few minutes to give me the pros and cons to "drop in" and "in line", a review of the brand I linked to, some of the ins and outs, or even just "You'd need this for this and that for that", I'd REALLY appreciate it...

P.S. - Is there anything else cheap / free / tips I could use to further reduce the temp? Like the screen top, fan, plants, insulating the tank, putting the tank closer to the floor. Would certain set ups help? Would slate help or hurt? Would a different substrate be better for cooling? Could I drop ice cubes into the filter a few times a day?

Horser01 is offline   Reply With Quote

chiller, chillers, cooling, newbie, question, set up

Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads

Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chillers HayleyK Axolotl tank set-ups, filters, substrate 2 24th November 2014 17:28
Chillers JamieOleBoy Axolotl tank set-ups, filters, substrate 5 30th March 2014 00:09
Chillers dad of axle FS: Australia or New Zealand 0 26th May 2012 10:46
Chillers? BioGirl Axolotl tank set-ups, filters, substrate 1 28th October 2011 18:49
Chillers kaylalouise Axolotl tank set-ups, filters, substrate 4 19th November 2009 22:14

All times are GMT. The time now is 10:11.