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    I now understand, but that sounds a bit complicated, and I can get a mini-fridge for $60-$70, so I'll just do that! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I can also get the aquarium pump and hosing for like $20!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
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    lithopsman,
    beleave me save the time and trouble and build a set up like Josh stated. forget about the mini-refrig. it is more of a hassil moving the plants back and forth every night and they will be alot happier if ya build a tank w/ a window unit to supply the cold air. just make sure that a ultra sonic is hooked up of inside the tank for the reason of the air will not be humided enough. a timer will be ok for the ultra sonic to turn on and off. leave the window unit running all the time but, let it get warmer in the tank durung the day 75-80 degress. then turn it down at night to get colder. i have had reading of 50-60 but, the digital t-stat. broke due to it being to humid in the tank and i'm getting untrue reading now from a normal one.
    i have also tried the bottel ice water at night and with moving them back and forth is just a pain in the a$$. so to make life easier on yourself and the plants build a set-up the right way the first time.
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    I would expect a minor if at all noticeable temperature drop trying to pump cool air through aquarium hose placed inside a mini fridge. I don't think this is an effective way to try cooling a highland tank.
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    I don't think I made this clear enough, this is not full time, only for while I'm on vacation... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] I personally would prefer to stay home with my little sweet plants, but what the family wants is what the family gets... I will have someone that comes by every other day, but they won't stay until 9[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]0 P.M. to put in the frozen water bottles [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] Thanks for all of the suggestions! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
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    Complicated? It's essentially the same system a greenhouse uses for automated climate control just scaled way down to fit an indoor growing chamber(my particular one is currently 4ft x 4ft x4ft).

    Here's that diagram:


    A: 4" Fan ($12.95) glued to Vent Mounting plate (B) air flow blowing inwards
    B: Vent mounting plate ($4.99)
    C: flexible hose ($4.99 for 25 feet package)
    D: Ultrasonic humdiifier from Pharmacy ($24.99)
    E: hose coming from humidifier ($2.99 for 10 feet) and intersecting the incoming air duct so that incoming air is pre-mixed/humidified
    F: Growing chamber full of happy plants (priceless)

    To operate this coolling unit Place fan in window mid September though mid June and in front of Air conditioner output Late June through Early Sept depending upon your climate.

    My highland plants get a continuous inflow of fresh humidified air with this system and they really love it and All I have to do is fill the humdifier every other day and water the plants, everything else is either running contnously (fan) or on a timer (humidifier and lighting). I jsut sit back and enjoy and try to resist the urge to bring home more plants! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Water is deffinately a better cooling agent. Air conditioned setup like Josh has is very easy to put together but can be a little costly. So there are tradeoffs to each.

    You will need a good sized holding tank and run of tubing within the fridge to be sure the output water is as cold as possible. How to you plan on cooling the terrarium though with cold water running through the tube? You would need some sort of heat exchanger in the terrarium?
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    I would think of going with a 'radiator' type colling tubing run thru. Take the tubing that will have chilled water in it coming to the tank and make a zig-zag with it on all 4 sides of the terrarium if you can and find someway to hold it against the walls in the up and down pattern. Than run the end to the resevoir to return the water to the water pump to be re-chilled. This way you would get an all around cooling effect that would privde even cooling from all sides. Hope this helps out.

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    Dustin, thanks!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] That is pretty much exactly what I had in mind, and I think it should work! Also, does anyone know where to get a humidistat? Thanks again!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
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