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I have TWO different ideas. One of them is to use a fish tank, the other is to use a "Plate heat exchanger".

Fish tank idea:
If the fish tank fits perfectly, it will have a capacity of 9 gallons. Assuming I won't find a fish tank that fits perfectly, it will probably be around 5 gallons.
Would it be better to drop the radiator into the fish tank, or use the fish tank as a giant reservoir?

Plate Heat Exchanger idea:
If I were to use this in my system, it would go something like this:
Water cooling system is kept the same, except a plate heat exchanger will be added somewhere in the loop. Since the plate heat exchanger is basically a radiator that cools fluid with another liquid, not air, I will need another cooling loop incorporated. I am considering four reservoirs, something along the lines of this. The "secondary" loop will have a pump and small radiator as well.
The reason a small rad will be used for the secondary loop, is that I expect the air in the room to cool them.
Edited by whoa044 - 5/30/11 at 5:15pm
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post #2 of 38
Put the rad into the fish tank. Using it as a res might actually make temps WORSE.
    
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post #3 of 38
How do you plan on dissipating the heat from the water in the fish tank?

If your plan is to just put the radiator in a tank of water, it is a bad plan.
You will get great temps until the water heats up, then you will start getting worse temps than you had before.
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post #4 of 38
try both cause once the heat is dissipated to the water in teh fish tank the temp difference will be minimal. it all depends on which way can keep the water int eh fishtank cooler.
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another one of these threads.... apparently heat dissipates itself magically.
 
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another one of these threads.... apparently heat dissipates itself magically.
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post #7 of 38
The rad in the fish tank will almost definitely increase the temps because all that'll do is move the heat to the tank where it'll build up like if you had just the tank and no rad.
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post #9 of 38
Maybe fish might die...... becuse to hot

Not good idea
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post #10 of 38
It doesn't make much sense to me. If you plan to put a rad in the tank and then use a separate loop to cool the water in the tank, then why not just get a larger rad? Adding another loop onto the loop you already have could increase temps, due to the extra pump.
 
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