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    I do not use a fridge at all they are way too small for a growing collection and will not hold the plants very long once they actually begin growing and the cost of a decent sized fridge for my collection (something like you'd find in a grocery store) is thousands more than what it cost for me to build my highland enclosure from stuff I got at the hardware store.

    I have the 4 ftW x 4 ftH x 2ft D terrarium sitting next to a window, in the window is either the AC or the fan panel depending upon the season. The air is directed into the tank from either the AC or fan by 4" flexible metal dryer vent hose from home depot (about $4.95 for 25 feet). The outlet for the hose is the only opening in my highland terrarium but there is plenty of fresh humidified air flowing through it.

    Highland Neps like fresh humid air that is constantly moving (resembling thier habitats on cloudy mountain sides).
    The lowland Neps like warm and stagnant air (down in the warm peat swamps). I don't run a fan or even vent my lowland terrarium other than when it's opened for attention/admiration (which is usually once a day). I just have a tiny water pump in the sump/pond beneath the false bottom of the lowland tank to exchange air and water to keep the air super humid.

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    ok, i have some small fans I can add to my temporary terrarium. as for the fridge I don't actually intend to put the plants in it. I'm just going to use a cheap electric igloo cooler and cut to vent holes in it for ductwork and run the ducts into the top of the terrarium.
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    You mean you plan to put some kind of tubing in the fridge and force the cool air from the fridge (via airpump) to the igloos where the plants will be kept?
    The tubing will need to be insulated (try wrapping with several layers of duct tape) to keep the max coolness while the air is traveling to the plants.

    Here's the first version of my highland tank which is made from plastic sheet and a 2x2 frame and two sheets of fiberglass. This shows (asside from my metal posters) the connection to the airconditioner during may or june of this year)


    the new version of my highland tank is the same frame covered in shower/tub wall surround (bright glossy white) with a sliding storm window it helps keep the humdiity higher too and illuminates the plants better from the sides due to reflection/more even light distribution.
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    The above pic was taken during the height of the fog made by the humidifier

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    nice chamber,

    The plants would be in a terrarium seperate from the igloo, the igloo cooler actually has an electric cooling system powered by peltier chips, I was planning on running the cool air from the igloo into the terrarium. At least that is one possibilty, I may just buy a couple of peltier thermal chips and mount a small system to the back of the hood. Since I now know they desire airflow the fan off this cooler should benefit them.

    I'm questioning the use of a fogger since I just found out they require maintenance every 600-800 hours. I don't like things that break or wear out so easily.

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    Mine has been up and fogging since purchase last march with no maintenance outside of occasionally dumping out the base and using a Qtip to swab deposits off the ultrasonic disk (even when using only RO or distilled water) and of course refilling when empty usually every other day since I hooked up to a humidistat. Otherwise I give my fogger (a Vicks V5100) no attention at all. Be sure you don't use tap water in it as that will clog the disk very fast and probably will require more attention.

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    Ok my larger baby neps spent the night at around 62deg. The smaller ones that may not have roots yet I left in the warmer grow chamber to help devope roots as per borneo's suggestion.






    Those pots are only about 4 inches across.
    I tell ya there is nothing that tries ones patience like waiting to see if many baby plants are going to live or die. It is hard to just leave the cover on the grow chamber and let them be.

    Hopefully within a month I will know which ones are growing and happy.
    Does anyone else have methods of cooling thier neps at night

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    I cool mine ideally (down to 60-50F) at night via ice bottles and those blue gel ice packs. They are excellent as far as lasting the night and chilling the plants. I would recommend them to ANYONE as they are cheap, and efficient IF you have a small collection of highlanders/Ultrahighlanders.

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    Joe, wow, thous are small. do treat them like new born baby's. i know its hard to leave them alone but it is to the best of them. leave the cover be while they are in there cooler. what ya could do is take the cover off and replace it with a clear plastic so you can see threw it but, at the same time leaving the enviroment be. hope that helps some.
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