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Long lasting product By TONY on 9/16/2014TONY would recommend this product to a friendI bought this when it came out in 1997 (maybe '99) and it still runs today after I took a 10 year break from running tanks. No noise, it is rather bulky though sticks out about 4" from the mount. I wish it were stronger than 50 watts. It only cools my 30 net gallon tank about 2 degrees (sump is acrylic - no heat transfer) and tank is glass ...
These work, within limits By Garyinco on 3/6/2014Garyinco would recommend this product to a friendI've had one of these for about 4 years. It works on a small body of water. I don't use it anymore, I don't have a need.
But it does work. I had it on a 24g aquacube running 150w of MH. I figure I had about 18 net gallons of water. It would pull down my temp by about 3-4 degrees.
It fit nicely down into the rear sump-like section of the cube. Pics always show these things upside down. It wont add much cooling quickly but over time it will drop the temp. It comes with a temp probe to feed down into your water, at least mine did. The ventilation fan on mine was silent.
It looks like they have redesigned the wiring and power supply which is a good thing. I never cared for the multiple connectors and clunky terminal box mine had. If you only need to drop your temp a few degrees these are worth checking out.
Nice little chiller for nano reef By Raysun on 3/6/2014Raysun would recommend this product to a friendMy 17 gallon nano reef is in a room that can get very warm in the afternoon, requiring a chiller to keep the temperature in check. I have been using an Iceprobe for a about 18 months and it does the job quietly and with no fuss. I have it suspended above the filter chamber for a no-holes installation. I use my Apex for temperature control. If used stand-alone, a temperature controller will need to be added. (There is one available from Iceprobe.)
My only quibble with the unit is the ceramic coating on the probe started eroding very soon after installation (even though I was very careful in handing the unit and did not scratch or nick the coating.) The part of the probe in the water is pretty much bare aluminum now. It doesn't affect the operation but it does put a big chunk of aluminum in contact with my aquarium water. I contacted the Iceprobe folks several times when the finish problem first arose, but never heard back from them.
The unit is simple to operate, which is good, because if my experience is any indication factory support is non-existent.
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by jeffrey on July 13, 2014, @2:44 PM
is this item instead of the square chillers? we need to buy one for our 110 gallon salt water tank, it needs to drop the temperature 15 degrees. which would you recommend?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Jeffrey,
This item is a tiny chiller meant for cooling nano tanks by a degree or two. For a tank that size you will need a full sized chiller. The best way to size a chiller would be to use the JBJ chiller calculator linked below. Most likely it will be something in 1/5-1/4 size but will depend on things like your lighting, etc.
Multiple IceProbe chillers can be used to achieve higher temperature differentials. Greater temperature differentials can be achieved by insulating the exterior surfaces of the aquarium. For example, a single IceProbe Chiller can maintain a temperature differential of over 20ºF in a fully insulated 10 gallon aquarium.
IceProbe Typical Temperature (°F) Pulldown
10 Gallons of Water
20 Gallons of Water
|40 Gallons of Water|
|1 Chiller||6-8° F||3-4° F||1-2° F|
- 1. Drill a 1.25" diameter hole in your sump, prefilter or aquarium.
- 2. Remove the white nylon nut from the threaded probe.
- 3. Insert the probe through the hole. Be sure to have the silicon ring on outside wall.
- 4. Tighten the nut onto the inside wall over the probe. Be sure seal is tight.
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