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    Anyone have any good methods they use to cool thier highland tanks at night I was thinking of a peltier cooling system but I want to know what everyone else is using before i invest.

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    I've heard mention of frozen jugs of water... not very scientific but I guess it works.
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    I'm looking for something that can be automated but thanks anyway.

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    An air conditioner would steal the humidity in your tank, you're best idea might be to go with something basic. Not sure if there is automated cooling pads that you can purchase to put under your tank...could shop around I guess! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    I run an AC during summer and a simple fan during winter. it is piped into the terrarium using 4" dryer vent hose from home depot but before the air enters the terrarium it is humidified by a 2" hose coming from a Vicks Ultrasonic fog humidifier.
    All this is rigged up to a humidistat, two stage thermostat (set for night & day) and timer for the A/C. All I do is water the plants twice a week and feed each new pitcher that opens. It's hassle free other than filling the jug on the humidifier every day or two but the electronics did cost me about $400 however the same pieces can be used on a larger enclosure all the way up top a 10 ft x 10 ft room so it'll automate my collection for years to come til I actually have a greenhouse. If you want "hassle free" it'll cost ya. Basically I've built a greenhouse in my house as these are the same controls used to automate a greenhouse.

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    Thanks ForestLoam,

    I need to get much lower temperatures in comparison to ambient due to the highland plants and high utah temps. The milk jug idea does work but as an engineer I'm required to go completely overboard in solving the problem. So I will be constructing a small AC unit with closed circuit air flow. I've got the basic design done, I just need to order the parts. When it is done I will take a few pictures of it to show off and perhaps even construct a few extras for those that like high tech solutions to low tech problems.

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    With the humdity drop in using an A/C window unit or a refrig system. you can solve this by not letting the air from the tank or what ever you are trying to cool not be return back into the evap. the evap. is what takes the water out of the air. just have the return air come from a diff sourse. so the evap. doesn't freeze up do to lack of air.
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    Thanks George but I'll be using peltier thermalcouple chips instead of a standard heat pump system.

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