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    So true, but I'd rather keep it alive if I have the means to. I just wish there was an easy way to cool a small 2.5 gallon tank so I could start growing it the correct way.

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    The lights sit on top of lid (acrylic) which is sealed using weather stripping. I went off and built a more complex lid so I wouldn't have to drill holes for the fan and thermostat wires. I'll show everybody the process when I make my thread.

    As for the small cooler, I would do something along these lines: since the 2.5 tank is too small for a conventional evaporative cooler I suggest you raise a platform and fill the bottom with water. Then using a piece of cloth (one that easily absorbs water) attach it somehow so it'll stand vertically. Then place a PC fan behind the cloth, turn it on, and now you have an evaporative cooler. I'm not aware of any small coolers that will fit in a tank that small. You can always try ice cubes.

    EDIT: Come on you guys, a life is a life no matter how cheap it is. I would gladly spend an eternity bringing it ice cubes then to let a villosa go down that way.

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    I also have an extra 10 gallon tank. Would there be any size cooler that could fit in there?

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    Probably not, the smallest one I've seen is a personal one and that's about the size of a ten gallon.

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    Dang. What about one of those terrarium foggers? I know those increase humidity but wouldn't it help cool a tank as well? I've seen those for sale at Petsmart and they're not too expensive.

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    Not that I know of since those are made for reptiles and amphibians that prefer warm mist. An ultrasonic humidifier may help a bit but not to the point where villosa will thrive without complaining all day long. If you want to work extra hard, you can find a way to put it into the refrigerator at night and take it out during the day.

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    I am not an expert on ultra highlands, but N. villosa likes it very cold. I am working with someone who has a refurbished chiller (the kind for salt water aquariums and crab-lobster tanks set up for some experimentation here in Hawaii. The N. villosa still has not progressed to the point of success but no dead or dying leaves and its been already two years.
    The cobra orchids also growing in the actual circulating water is growing like mats over everything. I hate it! I also have a couple other nepenthes that needs cold and are just so so.
    A possible reason why these may not grow so well might be (as a friend suggested) that they require thinner air or not much pressure on them at our lowland condition.
    Sorry no photos of this set up as my friend who devised this set up is planning to make these refurbished tanks and get a patent for growth chambers for such and other specific climate vivarias and so forth, mostly for offices and high-tech outfits that wants a high tech appearance in a self contained unit.
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    You know Mike thats a great point about the thinner air.

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