My cooling unit
Posted 25 June 2011 - 15:35 PM
Posted 25 June 2011 - 20:28 PM
Very nice plants Martin, but totally outshined by the picture of your beautiful daughter... what a cutie
Edited by Martin Hingst, 25 June 2011 - 20:32 PM.
Posted 26 June 2011 - 08:04 AM
But oh my god! That tank is like a dream of mine!
Can you reveal the night and day temperatures, so I know to adjust them in my own highland terra?
Plus, what soil mix do you use for Jitka? Im ashamed to be asking these, but your plants sure seem SUPER!
Posted 26 June 2011 - 10:18 AM
That looks very impressive. No; it is very impressive. I'll have something like that one day...
Posted 26 June 2011 - 10:40 AM
Posted 26 June 2011 - 12:10 PM
Jarkko, I use (more or less) the same soil for all my highland Uticularia: bark, peat (low decomposed/ H1 grade), Sphagnum and perlite.
In equal amounts. For the epiphytes like campbelliana a bit more bark.
Temperature in the cellar is about 8-10°C in winter, 12-15 in summer. When the lights go on, the temperature rises about 10 °C during the day. Perfect temps for highland plants - all without artificial cooling and heating is so much easier than cooling...
Carl, those flow coolers went down in prices. I have seen new ones for 300€, used they should be affordable now. e.g.
Those beer fridges are for sure another interesting option. Heavy - and a bit noisy. But because of the good insulation more energy-efficient. Tobias Kulig has had good success in cultivation U. campbelliana in such a fridge.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 00:58 AM
Your tank definitely looks amazing. I dropped the idea considering how expensive it became to do this setup. Maybe in the future. Thanks for the nice walkthrough though. Definitely very helpful. :)
Posted 10 August 2011 - 15:56 PM
Can a chiller, for example this one from ebay, Hailea Ultra Titan 200 165 W cool down the Terrarium like a freezer or are there diffrences?
Would your system still work if you would just change your freezer to a chiller?
And doesn't a freezer need much less energy than a chiller?
Another question about your system, would it become more efficent if you would use more radiators & ventilators, how cool is the water when it gets out of the radiator back into the freezer?
Would you recommend using a chiller instead of a freezer?
Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:44 AM
Posted 11 August 2011 - 12:16 PM
as I wrote above - those chillers would be my first choice, for many reasons (see my first post).
Posted 11 August 2011 - 14:14 PM
Posted 11 August 2011 - 14:41 PM
I've considered using a wine cooler for this for quite a while, just never got around to actully doing it (plus I think my wife might object to one in our living room ) The advantage is that it's pretty much already built, requiring just the addition of lighting. The efficiency should be higher than most terrraium constructions, as it will be insulated on 5 sides and the doors are sometimes double glazed too.
I'm thinking about using a wine cooler as a terrarium, but I'll have to mount the lighting inside somehow...
Posted 11 August 2011 - 20:02 PM
If I ever need to cool down my terrarium I'll use one of those aquarium chillers. That 165 W model should be able to cool down almost every terrarium. For comparison, freezers' power is somewhere between 60 and 90 W usually.
Thats 165 w of cooling, the power rating on a fridge is power consumption and the cooling capacity is far higher, for example a 90w fridge could have 300w of cooling capacity. Hailea chillers are expensive as the exchanger is titanium coated to cope with salt water.
Posted 12 August 2011 - 10:14 AM
Posted 12 August 2011 - 12:44 PM
On the other hand, i do like the look of the aquarium chillers they look a lot neater and second hand ones on ebay are sometimes not so expensive. As long as ~150W is enough chilling.
Edited by manders, 12 August 2011 - 12:47 PM.
Posted 20 August 2011 - 20:50 PM
Posted 20 August 2011 - 21:20 PM
Just my two cents.
I use also directly some fridges to cool my terraria. Here is the last one:
I've got also a terrarium with a radiator and all the setup, but, I think that I will give up it, in order to set the fridge also directly in the terrarium. It's easier after to move in a new student flat for instance .
Posted 29 September 2011 - 16:04 PM
This is so Awesome I am stoked. I am SO stoked to see it working as I had envisioned. Thanks for sharing the idea.
And here I thought I was being original LMAO Way to go. Awesome job Awesome work!
Edited by jb_orchidguy, 29 September 2011 - 16:06 PM.