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Old 11-24-10, 06:56 PM   #9
bennelson
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Phase change materials are very interesting.

However, I am trying to simply make best use of what I already have, and in limited space.

Hard to beat all the good qualities of water; cheap, easily available, easy clean-up, etc. etc.

Also, my goldfish can't swim in phase change materials.


I DO have another aquarium. That one is ONLY 40 gallons. If I did the heat calculations, and found that using the 210 gallon aquarium was the greatest thing ever for heat storage, I could just switch over to only using the 40 gallon to actually house fish. The 210 gallon would then only be a huge heat storage tank, but would look nice in a livingroom (unlike a large pile of steel drums and pipes..)

That way, it would be heat storage, but camoflaged. If I did that, I would then do a simple open loop into the aquarium.

Tim, can you help me with those BTU calculations?
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