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    I live where temp in the summer can climb up to 37C (In a really hot day), and usually (in all the other summer days) about 32C.
    I want to build a terrarium. I have everything planed, but I don't know how to keep the temps low in the summer (It will probable be hotter than outside because of the lamps).
    Anyone has an idea?

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    try buying a little portable travel fan or something and stick it in your terrarium so the air flow goes along under the la,ps. This should greatly reduce high temperatures and will give some air circulation to your terrarium which can stop mould growth etc.

    Micky

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    Just be careful if you have an airflow-sensitive plant in your terrarium, such as <i>Nepenthes bicalcarata</i>. Mine stopped pitchering during the time I was using a fan.

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    HI Gumpa, if your humidity is low you could rig a small swamp cooler a.k.a. an evaporative cooler. I am going to try using a small cold water humidifyer blowing a fine mist of water through a 2 liter bottle packed full of excelsor ( long thin flexable wood shavings to increase the surface area for evaporation and keep the mist from getting everything wet). This should help keep the temp. down and provide extra humidity but I do not know if it works well or not yet because the humidity here is still way too high to use evap. cooling so I will not be able to test it till later this summer. M2CW. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Be careful of mold development on the wood shavings.

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    what if you stuck a bottle of ice in there somewhere???

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    Thanks all.
    I don't think that a bottle of ice will help, since the problem comes mostly from the top (where the lamps are).
    Has any one tried to put a fan inside the terrarium, under the lid, so it will blow on the lid, where the lamps are? won't it dry the plants inside?
    what about a fan which will be placed where the lamps are (outside of the terrarium)?

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    I have my "brilliant" setup just like that in my terrarium. For my N.Rajah is is for. Only problem is my sever is down and I'll try to get it uploaded later tonight or tommorow morning.

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