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Thread: What makes my Hamata's lids close?

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    65 is fine for fusca and will probably be ok for the others although I would like to see 60 preferably. You had mentioned that it only got down to 75 at night in a previous post which would deffinately be too warm.
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    Yeah, it doesn't change much unless I run the AC at night. It probably will when summers over but til then the house is warm even with all the ACs running.

    I'm working on an improvement to my AC vent design which will incorporate a collector to collect all the AC's output instead of just a 4" section. I'll have to see what home depots got for me in the morning!

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    Could you put the terrarium in front of the AC or the AC in front of the terrarium? This way the cold air would transfer to the glasss and the cold glass would transfer it's coldness to the air molecules inside. Just a thought.

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    I think I've got it!

    Today I found a 3 1/2" H x 10" W vent with a 4" hole on the back that I hooked up to my duct hose. The extra metal on the top and bottom an be clipped right into my ACs output vent slots (no more fooling with tape every night when the enclosures lights go off taping the duct hose to the AC-just clip it on when needed). I tested it just now and even with the lights on it dropped the temps almost 11*F (from 83 to 72) in about 5 minutes instead of a few hours!

    I guess my question now would be is it possible this is cooling too fast? Are plants picky about how quickly they get cooled? I can turn down the AC of course but is there a speed at which they should be cooled (10*F per hour or so?).

    I hope I can party now...!

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    No, they shouldn't be picky about being cooled fast at all. Naturally they do get cooled down gradually but stilll it is the temp that counts! Great job!

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    Cool!
    Now I gotta try and find a timer/thermostat that I can plug my AC into and have it start up and run only from 1 am til 9AM and keep a steady temp. All the ones I found today need to be hardwired to the wall and appliance their running. I just want one that uses a grounded plug and plugs into the wall outlet... maybe they haven't invented em yet...!

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    Try http://www.charleysgreenhouse.com They are pricey but it is the only place I can think of off the top of my head right now!

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    Thanks for that link! I checked it out...

    You aint kidding, they aren't cheap! If I could get a real house and setup a greenhouse out back I'll drop that much for climate controls but not for a tiny 4 ft x 2ft x2ft enclosure. I'll just time how long the AC has to be on to get low temps I want and how long it take for them to rise again and figure out the times with a 15 minute timer (it's way cheaper&#33

    Thanks again for the help folks!

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