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    Hi Joe,
    I have a Hampton Bay 5000 BTU Airconditioner ($124.99 on summer sale) what I have done is take a wide rectagular duct/vent output 10" long x 5" wide which funnels down to a round 4" diameter hole on a short tube ($5.99). On the 4" hole tube I put a flexible 4" dryer vent hose ($4.99) and attached that to two 90* 4" duct elbows ($2.99 ea) duct tape all the sections together and put the two elbow section into the terrarium (I use two of them so that I can direct the air output to the left or right side of terrarium) and put the 5" x 10" "collector vent" (that's what I call it) in the slots on the output of your Airconditioners output grid. Then hook the A/C to a timer and there you go automatic nightime in the highlands!
    But what I also did (due to AC drawing out humidity from the air) was affix a 2" hose to the output hole on my ultrasonic humdifier (Vicks V5100 $49.99) I run the hose from the humidifier into a hole I cut in the A/C duct so that the air is cooled and humidified before it enters the terrarium. The intersection of the humidifier hose is about 1 ft from the output inside the terrarium. Also, when the AC is off the humidifier is still running (controlled via humidistat $69.99) to keep a constant 80%+ humidity.
    The setup cost is a lot for cooling & humidity on a grow chamber but it is a rather hassle free way of keeping plants like the highlanders and other cloud forest plants.

    Eventually, I will write an illustrated article on my website (http://www.jurassic-gardens.com) showing each piece and how they fit together to make one of these for those who like these kinds of DIY projects.

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    Josh, i'm starting to think you should have your own forum section in here w/ your set up, how ya built it, part, and all the rest of the good stuff. i know i would be getting tired of repeating myself after a while but, you do have a killers set up.
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    Thanks George! I always try to find the cheapest but most hassle free way of getting things done. I even plumbed my old reef tank with a DIY wet dry, skimmer, etc and things were just fine (except the ongoing cost of 100 lbs of sea salt mix every two weeks-getting laid off from my job last Nov. made my reef tank go away). It's also a lot of fun to construct your own devices, but (there's always a but) it can end up costing you twice as much if you build something and it doesn't work and have to go buy a premade commercial equivelent.
    I can't take all the credit on the cooling/humidifier though. Tony P was the one who told me to try the humidifier output intersecting the A/C air before it reaches the terrarium after I had posted about my hamatas closing their lids. I had the humidifier hose running independently of the A/C duct but aparently it wasn't enough to have the air mixing in the terrarium, it needed to be mixed before entering the terrarium. Now all is well and each leaf develops pitchers - except for that cursed bongso x maxima hybrid which is supposed to be a highland hybrid...! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    thats no problem just giving credit where it is due. what seems to be the curse of the bongso x maxima. the bongso is highlander for shore. maxima well depends what one was mixed w/ it. the maxima i got is pretty desent grower. don't have the bongso so really don't know but from reading up on it a little it is a slow grower. one thing i did notice about the hybrids that they grow faster when it is colder here outside. so if ya got it in a highland talk make it a little colder in there and see what happens or check to see if one of the other plants is blocking its light or just the other way around
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