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    Another cooling system

    Hey guys,

    Dunno if you remember, but last summer I modified an AC to fit into my tank (see my sig to a link about it). I've now decided to try something else using an office water cooler. Essentially it's the same idea as Martin Hingst, except that I used a water cooler instead of a fridge. Should save me a bit more on my electric bill as the AC compressor was a 1/4th HP and this water cooler is only 1/12th . So far the results are promising. The cooler easily got the water down to 4c while circulating. Anyway, here's some pics:

    The Rad. I got a XSPC double 120mm rad. My tank is about 4x4x2 so it should be good enough to cool the whole thing.
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/809/img4523no.jpg/

    the fans: I got two ultra kaze 130 or so CFM, but I'm lowering the voltage on the power supply so it's not like a crazy tornado inside the tank. I used these last year on my AC setup.
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/689/img4524w.jpg/

    Here's the water cooler. I removed the taps on the front and mounted some hose barbs to it. Below the hoses you can see the external temp control unit for the water.
    Cooler:
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/545/img4520vn.jpg/
    Control Unit:
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/31/img4521i.jpg/

    In the water cooler tank: I ran a tube from one of the tap outputs to the water pump. I used a basic aquarium water pump. You can also see the probe for the temperature controller.
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/600/img4522h.jpg/

    Only thing left for me to do it attach the rad and fill up the cooler. I'll post again once I have to start using it. But with the preliminary tests I've done, it looks like it'll be good .
    cheers,
    Rob
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    Modified AC for Highland Terrarium

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    Oh, I saw a water cooler thrown away just a week ago... my neighbor picked it up for parts....
    And I am looking for a way to cool a terrarium now. Ehh bad timing on my part. But great idea! Thanks, now I'll keep an eye out for similar things.

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    I, too, have just built a water-based cooling unit. No where near as fancy though. I worked to bring the temperature down a degree or two, but I'm thinking of ways to make it more efficient.
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    Very cool. I love seeing what you make.

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    You know I just wanted to point out that your post started me thinking in a right direction and I already have an idea for a modification to my setup! Thanks a lot robthered!!!

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    Thanks for all the positive comments everyone .

    NP Gill Za, glad I could get your creativity flowing.

    I'll post some more pics once I get it setup in the tank and I'll get a video too . IF anyone has any questions on how to do a mod like this, or mod an AC I'm more than willing to help.
    cheers,
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    Modified AC for Highland Terrarium

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    Heh it seems that the cooler can be found cheaper than the radiator

    Edit: I take it back. just found this little cutie here: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...tor.html#blank
    which will work splendid for my small terrarium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gill_za View Post
    Heh it seems that the cooler can be found cheaper than the radiator

    Edit: I take it back. just found this little cutie here: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...tor.html#blank
    which will work splendid for my small terrarium.
    Thank you for posting that link, i like this one:
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21...?tl=g30c95s157

    I wonder how much cooling power it would have... But I guess that would depend on flow rate, temperature of water, fan speed, humidity of the air, and probably some other stuff I'm thinking of.

    This would have a greater effect than, say, making a coil of copper wire across a 3" fan and pumping cool water through it, right?
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