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Old 08-12-2022, 10:28 AM
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Peltier coolers don't work well enough to be useful. Each exchanges only a small amount of heat.
I totally understand how inefficient it is at heat exchange, but I think it can still be useful under certain conditions, i.e. if we make up for the inefficiency with proper insulation. I saw a build where someone used two 50W Peltier-Heatsink modules to cool a 10 gallon aquarium to 54-56 at night with an ambient temp at room temp, albeit running throughout the night. Now, even though I want more space (like 20, 30 gallons), what if I build a plywood enclosure in a chest freezer style, insulate the sides with foam (which I will have for decor anyways), and double-pane the front viewing panel? I think there can be some potential with this configuration, especially if I am just content with it keeping temps down to 60 or so.

Peltiers are just too attractive in their simplicity and lack of refrigerant lol. Let me know what you think!
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2 Month update:

Things in the terrarium portion are just continuing to grow in. I also got an intervalometer to do time lapses, so I will post a short clip of my Paphinia neudeckeri opening up once I process the images.

As for the aquatic portion, I got some bucephalandras, anubias, bolbitis, and a dwarf water lily to fill the area. Also got 6 pygmy corys and 8 red rili shrimp to give it some life! They do a great job cleaning the tank as well.

Now for some pics! I've been experimenting with shooting in raw and learning how to post-process lately, so here are the results of what I have managed to do so far:

Paphiopedilum barbigerum




Lepanthopsis astrophora




Bucephalandra sp.




Unknown Lichen and Tillandsia from FL




Dendrobium Hibiki

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Nice! I didn't see your question earlier about two x 50W Peltier coolers for a 10 gallon tank. I don't believe that story unless all the rest of the glass was insulated. They don't work that well / aren't that efficient.
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Nice! I didn't see your question earlier about two x 50W Peltier coolers for a 10 gallon tank. I don't believe that story unless all the rest of the glass was insulated. They don't work that well / aren't that efficient.
Here is the thread I found that dealt with this.

How to build a Peltier cooler - FlyTrapCare Forums

Here is also the promised timelapse!

Paphinia neudeckeri Timelapse - YouTube

I am confident in saying that this flower is my new absolute favorite. It just sparkles in the light when viewed from below with the most brilliant and stunning of wine red (will post some pics in the future). She's like a little diva, and there is a new spike forming as well!
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