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Tank placement

Postby trashburner » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:06 pm

This might be a dumb question! The best place to set my fish tank is near a fire place which I don't use very much maybe about 5 times a year will the heat from the fire place cause problems in my tank with temporary temperature spikes.
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Postby ChoxRox » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:37 pm

How close would you place it? How large is the tank?

A 10g would feel it a lot more than a 200g.
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Postby trashburner » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:48 pm

2 feet away 75 gallon
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Postby PfunMo » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:10 pm

I might be as worried about the plastic getting hot and deformed as much as the temp spikes. The water will warm slow but the plastic doesn't take a lot of heat. You see a lot damaged by lights, etc. Sounds a little too close for me.
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Postby Mr.Dempsey » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:05 pm

I think you will be fine. I really dont think it would even get that hot 2' away cuz if it was that hot to melt the plastic trim it ould burn the carpet or burn the house down before it got to your tank, but what you can do is stand 2' away from the fire when its on and see if it burns you? or gets to hot but i highly doubt it.
Too many fish, to little space.
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Postby trashburner » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:26 pm

Fireplace is center of wall, fish tank will be angled in the corner, It will not melt the plastic, I was just worried about the water temperature changing to fast and maybe causing icy or something else.
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Postby nodima » Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:01 pm

I've had a similar set up with a 29, and had no issues. Keep in mind, water contains a lot of thermal mass, meaning it takes a lot of energy to change the temperature.

Enjoy the tank and fireplace.

perhaps the ambiance will help your fish spawn?
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Postby matt121966 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:04 pm

turn your heater off an hour before starting a fire.

some of the fires I start could boil water across the room.

playing MW3 and Makers Mark in a glass - I can get the house roasting.

lay a piece of cardboard or carpet over the side of the tank ????
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Postby jd lover » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:04 pm

personally I've seen it done but i myself wouldnt do it. nothing ruins a nice evening like 75 gallon of water on the floor.
no medicine works better than clean water.
no such thing as too much clean water, so go do a water change now.
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Postby TrashmanNYC » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:36 pm

matt121966 wrote:turn your heater off an hour before starting a fire.

some of the fires I start could boil water across the room.

playing MW3 and Makers Mark in a glass - I can get the house roasting.

lay a piece of cardboard or carpet over the side of the tank ????
Or maybe a piece of that foam insulation with the "tinfoil" on one side. :D

I have a 55 in front of a radiator in my basement since last November with no issues to speak off. Temp seems to stay consistent.
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Postby matt121966 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:58 pm

in the past what have you found ????

does the tank temp go up dramatically ???
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Postby DIAMOND_CICHLIDS » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:11 am

nodima wrote:I've had a similar set up with a 29, and had no issues. Keep in mind, water contains a lot of thermal mass, meaning it takes a lot of energy to change the temperature.

Enjoy the tank and fireplace.

perhaps the ambiance will help your fish spawn?


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Postby matt121966 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:23 am

can you slide the tank back and forth across the room ????

can you move with a two wheel truck ???

ever see that commercial with the pads that go under a sofa and grandma moves it around the room ???

can you put casters on the bottom and roll ???

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