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    Thanks to all and sundry for the ideas and the links. Hopefully with all the interested parties involved we can come up with a cost effective method. I have a gentleman who owes me for some work and he sells the chillers, I may take a chiller in trade for the work and test it out. I will let you know if it manages to drop the temps enough (using a 20 gallon tank).

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    I dunno why this never hit me sooner... Instead running tubing all the way to the kitchen, how about using a "college dorm" fridge or mini-deep freeze (priced around $99 at discount stores like walmart or target). This could sit right next to your enclosure and do the same thing as the big kitchen refigerator, then the water wouldn't be traveling all over the place and the fridge would make a nice place to keep your mist bottles (keep em nice and warm).

    Just another brainstorm!

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    Well, I have made my desicion on buying/needing an aquarium chiller, I won't ever need one, because I got sick of the ice bottles last night and I just put my N.Rajah in a litle "Playmate" brand cooler and put a remote thermometer sensor in there and pretty soon the base unit read in at 52F so i was like yay, sounds good, so I woke up this morning and it was about 40F. Little cold but 1 nihgt like that isn't going to bother that plant, temps do get like that in the wild every so ofter and 40F is alot better than 70F all night long! But anyone got an idea on how to keep the temp slightly warmer like 50F? Or is that too wamr for the other food in there??

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    I often wondered how you might use an aquarium chiller to keep a Nepenthes tank cool. Seems a rather inefficient way to go though considering the cost of the chiller, the pump, and the bills to run all this equipment.

    I like Swords plan of using an AC unit and humidifying the air before it hits the tank... still not the easiest set up but much more efficient when operational.

    I have thought a good way to go might be to install the evaporator section from a college type dorm fridge right into a terrarium. Now we're talking dealing with freon and copper piping..

    I know Ron has one of those Coleman peltier coolers and has some plants in it. It is a 40qt cooler. He replaced the lid with a piece of glass and just keeps the whole thing under his light set up. It would require a thermostat to control the temps.
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    Swords,

    That was actually the type of fridge I was talking about (not to clear on that was I ) and I could just stick it right underneath the terrarium so the travel distance was minimized.

    Tony,

    Bills to run the equipment are probably going to be minor when factored in with all the lights for my plants and snake and gecko and monitor I'll agree that it could be a pain to set it all up but depending on which plants you want to grow it might be worth it.
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