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    rampuppy, didn't think the tank was that small but from what you got set up it all sould do the trick. just make sure there are no leaks with the cooling system going into the tanks and it could do the trick
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    well... looks like I am going to have to close the blinds here... was hoping the extra sunlight would help... but the tem has spiked to 92 in the last hour (i have western sun... so it really beats up my air conditioning... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img])

    gonna close the blinds now and see how things change...

    there are no visible leaks in the system...
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    well, I closed the blinds 15 minutes ago, and the tank has dropped to 85 Farenheit... this is very promising... that is a significant dip, especially during the day, when light is still leaking through the blinds...

    I am psyched. though.. I need to put new bulbs in this fixture.. .they started flickering... I tookem out and one has a very loose post... Grr...
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    85 is the max highlands should be at, they can tolerate like 90F jumps for like 5-10 minutes but it isn't good. As long as days are 85 and lower and nights are 65 and lower with high humidity at all times except it can dip low during the day. But wiht those guidlines you most likely going to succeed with a Lowii,Burbidgeae and perhaps a Heliamphora if your interested in them. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Not sure how much cooling you will get but worth running for a week and monitoring the temps to see what happens.

    I would be interested to hear what the temperature of the air is as it exits the tubing. Assuming it is near freezing when it coils through the freezer section, it would also give you an idea how efficient your tubing insulation is. You may want to test with some insulation around the sides of the tank that you wont be looking through. Or maybe to place around it at night when the lights are off...

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    OK... it's night time, and I just got home, and turned out the light about 10 minutes ago...

    My max temp for the day was 86 degrees, and it was 82 when I got home. (My airconditioner was not set as low as it usually is)

    So, about ten minutes later, I am at 79.3 degrees... and that's only ten minutes, and the ambient temp in my home drops into the low seventies high sixties at night... so I when I wake up tomorrow morning, I'll have a good idea of the temp drop I am going to get.

    Already thinking that way tony...

    I am thinking about encasing the tank in wood except for the top panel, putting two more lights on top, and putting a bank of 5 inch fans in to cool the lights.... And of course, buildng a vented wood canopy over the lights, and moving the ballasts out of the lights and onto the floor.

    I am also thinking of buying a higher powered air pump, if I can pump more cool air, it holds true I should be able to cool even more... better insulation will probalby happen around the tubing as well, but I want to see how well this works home style before I start spending money on it.

    can anyone tell me how long the plants need to be exposed to lower temps? is there a minimum number of hours? cause I will need to calculate How fast the tank can cool, and how long that cool temp will last before morning hits and the lights come on.
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    Since these are tropicals roughly 12 heat 12 cool hours. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I just let mine go with the flow in a way, let them heat up day and cool them off at about 9PM, then I take out the cooling bottles anywhere from 7-9 in the morning. So bascially when you wake up you can remove,turn the cooling stuff.

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    OK... well I woke up 5 minutes ago and checked the temp, it's only 77 degrees in there... so I think I am going to have to tweak this idea a little more maybe with the ideas from above first...

    actually, I think

    1) going to insulate the line better
    2) Maybe get a longer line, and coil more of it into the freezer

    If that doesn't have a significant impact, I will get ANOTHER small pump I have, put it in the fridge, and double up on the lines to see if putting one large pump in will be beneficial.

    if that doesn't work, then who knows... the idea has merrit, but it may require liquid cooling to actually work....
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