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    Cooling terrariums with icepaks ?

    I have 3 terrarium with nepenthes, heliamphora, utricularia, cephalotus, stylidium, genlisea and some mexican pinguicula. Sometimes i have 32C inside so i tryed a couple of icepaks. The temps drop at 25C but i have to add some water on the tray to keep high humidity. Someone have experience with ice/icepaks inside terra? Its dangerous for my plants ?

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    For the year I've had my terrarium I've used icepacks in the hotter months without any problems (apart from dropping them on my plants!) I think as long as they're not directly touching the plants then it's a perfectly safe (though fairly ineffective) way of cooling.

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    I plan on doing this for the coming summer. A lot cheaper than building a dedicated cooling system.
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    cheaper but it doesnt exactly take care of itself when you are gone for a few days. Better than nothing no doubt tho

    icepacks are usually very har to pop or rip by accident especially without a blade. Your plants should be safe with you using the icepacks to cool their tank

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    Just put a wire rack on top and set the cool pak on it, no need to insert it, as the cool air drops.
    sounds like a lot of attention would be needed to maintain any size terrarium this way.
    Maybe a block of dry ice on the rack would be too cold?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mylesG View Post
    cheaper but it doesnt exactly take care of itself when you are gone for a few days. Better than nothing no doubt tho

    icepacks are usually very har to pop or rip by accident especially without a blade. Your plants should be safe with you using the icepacks to cool their tank
    This is what I was thinking. Changing the packs several times a day will get very old very soon. You will burn out and start hating the routine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maiden View Post
    I have 3 terrarium with nepenthes, heliamphora, utricularia, cephalotus, stylidium, genlisea and some mexican pinguicula. Sometimes i have 32C inside so i tryed a couple of icepaks. The temps drop at 25C but i have to add some water on the tray to keep high humidity. Someone have experience with ice/icepaks inside terra? Its dangerous for my plants ?

    Thanks!
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    I tried it in my grow rack once, but there was hardly a temperature drop, if any. Just keep in mind that the humidity may suffer a bit if you decide to do this.

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