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    Steve, my ultrasonic humidifier always warms my enclosures, that's why it is in the lowland chamber....maybe it's just my brand? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

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    That could be Dustin. Mine have all been the cool mist type and you can tell when it is running as the room feels slightly cooler. I think it's because the mist draws heat out of the air as it goes from droplets to vapor. Unless yours has a feature to warm the mist, I'm not sure why it warms your enclosures.
    They have so many different kinds in the stores now. And what they sell in your area, I may never see in mine. Maybe one of the other forum members has an idea of what's going on.
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    Thanks! Honestly, Steve, I only read the first 15 lines [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] Thanks for the info. I was wondering what stores you've found ultrasonic humidifiers at, and if a fan would do any cooling since plants don't prespire. The frozen bottled water is fine, as long as I'm home... But what do you if you're on vacation? or out late? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] Thanks! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Make sure that the "Cool mist" humidifier is really ultrasonic! I bought one before i was aware what exactly i was looking for that's a "cool mist" humidifier, but all it does is blow air through a "filter" that's kept wet from the reservoir. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img]

    Yeah, where can these things be purchased, how much is a decent one, and how much noise do they make?

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    Ultrasonic usually are found in pharmacy stores, they are typically used when a person is sick. The mist helps break up the virus.....they will run for around 40 dollars and more. The highest I saw one was for $80, but it was of exceptional quality. The noist level is very low unless you can hear the ultrasonic nebulizer breaking up the water into the tiny microns producing the fog. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Thanks! I'm still trying to figure out the fan thing, though... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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    lithopsman, I don't think a fan by itself would do much cooling. It would help circulate the cool air created by ice in the terraium tho'. As for what to do while your gone, I can't help you other than to suggest having a friend or family member change the ice for you. I think Nep. G, Swords or one of the other terrarium people can help you more on setting up an automatic cooling system than I can.
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    I agree the fan won't do much good, I use a large fan in my lowland room to keep the vfts and sarrs happy, and it does little to cool even with the humidifier going. If your indoor humidity is low you could try an evaporative cooling method such as a muffin fan blowing through a piece of filter with water running over it. Lots of work to make, easier to use ice cubes.

    An ultrasonic humidifier will quickly warm a tank if it is put in the tank. They use quite a bit of energy that is converted to heat. However if you just blow the mist into the tank through a tube and you have low indoor humidity this may have a good cooling effect on a small tank, however it will quickly flood the tank within a few days. Still easier to use ice cubes.

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