Mini-reef aquariums require high output lighting and multiple water pumps to optimize the health and growth of corals. This often requires a chiller unit to help maintain the proper range of temperatures. Modern in line chillers use a titanium heat exchanger and require a water pump to circulate water through the chiller. The chiller has an internal temperature senor with a digital readout to set the desired temperature and maintain the aquarium within one degree of the set point. In line chillers have a rating in horse power or BTU and manufactures will provide general guidelines to match the size of the chiller, the flow rate and aquarium size to maximize efficiency. You want to oversize the chiller but you do not want to overdo it because that will cause rapid “on/off”cycles of the condenser. While you can use the main circulation water pump, it is easier to use a smaller, dedicated water pump just for the chiller. It is best to place the chiller outside of a cabinet stand to help dissipate the heat.
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