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Ice Bath Maintenance

Discussion in 'Cold Thermogenesis' started by Jeff Power, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. Jeff Power

    Jeff Power Gold Member - Light-centric

    I'm looking for suggestions for the best way to keep an ice bath clean. I have a tub hooked up to a chiller, pump, flow meter and digital temp gauge. I put in a healthy amount of epson salts.

    I'm thinking of attached a simple filter and maybe adding some iodine. I don't want to use chlorine or bromine unless I am missing something there.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

    Replace the water is my MO
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  3. fitness@home

    fitness@home Silver

    I have the same set up as you, using a 100-gallon Rubbermaid tub. If I keep it covered when not in use and do a quick shower rinse off before getting in the water can last 3-4 weeks between changes. I also use Epsom salt in it.

    Mine is set up in our bedroom (not outside). It's easy to drain and refill with a hose because it sits next to the patio door.
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  4. Penny

    Penny New Member

    I'm trying to figure out what kind of tub can handle hydrogen peroxide... my Softtub only takes chlorine/bromine and we are in a drought... ozone would be even better...
  5. Josh Rosenthal

    Josh Rosenthal Charter member of Purple Angels Club

    I haven't looked into it but I would think ozonating might work... but then again... maybe getting rid of dead water has its role (Webinar alert)... hence jack's response explained further.
  6. Jeff Power

    Jeff Power Gold Member - Light-centric

    Thanks guys. Sounds like keeping clean and changing every 3-4 weeks is the ticket.

    Jack, are you thumbs up or down on epson salts IYO?
  7. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

    OK with it
  8. Josh Rosenthal

    Josh Rosenthal Charter member of Purple Angels Club

    Macrocosm meets microcosm
  9. Benny Hammond

    Benny Hammond New Member

    Hi Guys,

    First post! I got one of those IBC totes to do CT and this thing is great! I'm tying to figure out a way to cool the water down to 50-54f and possibly lower sometimes without ice. I live in Burbank, Ca; so it's usually always warm here.


    Does anyone have any ideas on how to chill the water?

  10. fitness@home

    fitness@home Silver

    I bought a chiller off of Craiglist. Works great. Keeps water a consistent 55 degrees in a 100-gallon tank.

    CT Tank at 90% Completion 1.jpg
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  11. shah78

    shah78 Gold

    that's a hell of a lot of water to chill. i chill 50 gallons in Fl./Ma. And am chilling 15 gallons in Progreso. I prefer the Progreso MO.
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  12. Benny Hammond

    Benny Hammond New Member

    I found a chiller at this local hydroponics place but the guy says it only chills to 60f. What is that foam you have around your tub? Is that the spray foam insulation stuff?

    This is my tub. I got a couple of submersible pumps and I was thinking of putting some type of insulation around the outside and building a wooden frame around that. Any suggestions? Again, it get's warm here in LA.

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  13. fitness@home

    fitness@home Silver

    My chiller is a Delta Star by Aqua Logic. It was only supposed to chill down to 60 degrees, but there is a tweak that can be added to it for cooling down even further. The company wants $$ to do this, so my husband asked his heating/cooling contractors at work to take a look at it. They "tweaked it" for us. They advised I not chill the water under 50 degrees.

    We used a green spray foam by https://sprayfoamkit.com/products/spray-foam-insulation/foam-it-12-patch-repair-kit/
    Think we used two of these.

    @shah78 also used spray on foam on his tub.

    We have completed adding the cedar on the sides of cabinet. Now just have to decide how we will finish the top of it. BTW, I have cut a sheet of foam insulation board to cover the top of the tub when not in use.
  14. Benny Hammond

    Benny Hammond New Member

    Your tub looks awesome! It's hard to believe that I can't seem to find much info online about people building their own cold tubs. Figures there would be some great resources on this forum.

    I wonder what sort of tweak I would need to make to drop the temp of a water chiller. I've found that 50-52f feels the best for me.

    Anythoughts on using Epsom salts in there? I don't want to mess with any of the typical chemicals like chlorine and bromide.
  15. fitness@home

    fitness@home Silver

    I usually add Epsom salt to my water when filling. It seems to help keep the water clean longer. Also, rinsing off in shower before getting in helps.

    Usuallt need to drain and refill once per month. I just connect a short hose to it a drain outside. Helps that mine is next to the patio door in our bedroom.

    We have a timer set up to turn it on at 2 p.m. and I get home around 6 p.m. The timer runs for 4 hours.
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  16. JMO

    JMO Gold

  17. Benny Hammond

    Benny Hammond New Member

    I got a couple of the Eco396 pumps and dumped in some Epsom salts and the water feels pretty good! We are just now starting to warm up in LA after some rain so I imagine that I will need to change the water more often - once every two weeks, I'm guessing. I get in first thing in the morning around 5:30 and just before bed. After reading Rhonda Patrick's work on CT after workouts, I wait at least an hour after training for any type of CT.
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