JBJ Arctica Chiller 1/5 HP (DBA-150)

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Why does BRS recommend this?

We have tested multiple chillers from different manufacturers and we prefer the JBJ Arctica line of chillers. They are energy efficient, easy to plumb, and very quiet for those low noise applications. 

Excellent quality and quiet operation for your nano tank environment. Energy-efficient compressor for maximum cooling capacity.


JBJ Artica Chillers Include:

2x - 1/2" Elbow Hose Barbs

2x - 5/8" Elbow Hose Barbs

2x - 3/4" Elbow Hose Barbs


Quick Compare - JBJ Arctica Chillers

Model Capacity (BTU/hr) Volts Amps Flow Rate (GPH) Min/Max Dimensions Weight
1/3 HP 4000 115 7.25 480/2400 13.7” x 15.7” x 17.7” 61
1/4 HP 3000 115 6.00 480/1920 9.8” x 16.5” x 20.9” 51
1/5 HP





9.8” x 16.5” x 20.9”


1/10 HP





9.8” x 16.5” x 18.5”



The JBJ Arctica Chillers incorporate some of the most advanced technological features to create a solution to stabilize water temperatures for your aquarium environment.


Arctica Features


Titanium Heat Exchanger

Exclusive titanium coil design creates maximal contact exposure.


Condenser Layout

Condenser, which is located on the front side of the chiller, draws cool air from the front and exhausts the warm air out the back. This unique placement also allows direct access to clean the condenser grill without any tools to take the chiller apart.


Energy Efficiency

Low energy consumption means lower cost. The highest BTU (British Thermal Units) heat removal capacity with the lowest AMPERAGE draw.


Fully Automated Digital Thermostat

Automatically control your temperature within +1/-1 Fahrenheit using the built-in thermostat. Includes a bright LCD that can easily be read day or night.


Least Noise and Smallest Vibration Level

You will be amazed at how uncommonly quiet this chiller is. Definitely an attractive quality for aquarists with tanks located in living rooms.


Compact Footprint

Many of the Arctica chillers are no larger than a standard desktop computer. Their compact size makes placement easy, even if you don't have a large designated area.


Side Handles

Lift and move your chiller easily using the ABS molded handles.


2 Year Warranty

Arctica Chillers are covered by a 2 year warranty, direct from the manufacturer to you.


pdfJBJ Arctica Owners Manual

More Information
UPC 885238021504
Dimensions 9.8”L x 16.5”W x 20.9”H
WiFi No
Power Consumption 115 Volts, 5 Amps
Warranty 2 Years
Additional Notes Recommended Flow Rate: 480 - 960 GPH
Temperature Control Onboard Controls
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Product Questions

What degree can this chill to?
Question by: Alex on Dec 11, 2023, 2:13 PM
Hey there,
Thank you for reaching out to us. Chiller specifications show a range from 50 - 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Please let me know if you need anything further.
Answer by: Thomas Wofle (BRS Staff) on Jan 31, 2024, 1:23 PM
What pump do you recommend for this chiller.
Question by: Richard chaney on Oct 8, 2017, 7:16 AM
Hey there,
Thanks for getting in touch with us in regards to selecting a pump to use with this chiller. This chiller calls for a flow of 500GPH to 1300GHP flow and will allow for a variety of pump options in this range. The biggest factor to consider when selecting this pump would be calculating in pressure loss for head height, and run length. Please let me know if there is anything else that we can assist with. Thanks!
Answer by: Tyler Schafer on Oct 14, 2017, 2:33 PM
Would it be possible to hard plumb this to my tank with PVC ? and if so what size fittings would screw on the 1/5hp model ?
Question by: Edgar on Mar 13, 2014, 8:18 AM
Hi Edgar,
The chiller uses proprietary unions on the chiller itself that attach to barbed elbow connections (they come with a variety of sizes). This is actually idea for a piece of equipment like this as you would want to run pipe to within a few inches of the chiller and then use a short piece of flexible tubing (ideally silicone) to bridge the last few inches. Chillers vibrate quiet a bit and this will reduce the transmission of those vibrations to the rest of the plumbing, which should keep things a lot quieter.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 13, 2014, 8:18 AM
Do chillers heat the tank too? Lets say room temp is 70 and water is 70 will it heat the water up to 80?
Question by: Timothy on Sep 25, 2013, 4:26 PM
Hey Timothy,
They do not. They chill the water to a cool temperature but you would need a separate heater to heat the water if it is too cool.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Sep 25, 2013, 4:26 PM