Hey everyone.. been on the site for a while but never joined... just got my chiller the other day and figured I would post some pictures and info
Recently I custom retrofitted my Biocube 14 hood with LEDs..
8x Cree Royal Blue XT-E
8x Cree Cool White XP-G
2x 3-Up Royal Blue XP-E
3x UV 410nm (not on in the pic)
3x Moonlight LEDs (also not on in the pic)
definitely bright enough... but generated a ton of heat.. i was having trouble keeping the temp down even when toning the ballasts down to 50% power or below. whats the point of blindingly bright LEDs if you cant run them at full power (with the new chiller it keeps the water cool at full power but asthetically i prefer to adjust the ballasts for 100% RB and 60% Cool White)
My dad has a 120g tank, his refrigeration based chiller (arctica) works great and granted its way bigger than the one i would need for this size tank.. i live in a tiny studio apartment in NYC and didn't really want to hear the click on click off and loud hum from the compressor.
i had a cool works ice probe on my older 8 gal tank but that was barely able to keep the temp down with just a tiny UV sterilizer and one powerhead, so definitely wasn't going to cut it here. i decided to go with Chill Solutions CSXC-1 thermoelectric chiller I found on eBay:
Installation was straightforward... cut the vinyl tubing and hooked it up inline with my biocube uv / pump, hooked up the chiller, set the temp (really clean unit, internal temp sensor no wires besides the power cable, plugged it into the power supply.. rated for 12V 10.8A, im assuming the Peltier junction inside plus fan draws close to the rated current making it more than twice as powerful as the cool works IceProbe, plus you dont need to drain your tank and drill a hole in it.
Here are some pics, temp stays parked exactly at 77.7 even with the lights on full blast.
Unrelated question... how do stop these red mushroom corals from splitting they are taking over the tank!