Fan question

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  1. Carlos

    Carlos Contributing Member

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    im toying with the idea of trying to put a fan on the outside of one of the vivs I just drilled to try and reduce condensation on the front doors and possibly cool the lights in the cabinet at the same time.
    My question is how are you guys wiring these fans? Are you guys buying plug and play fans or are you modifying the power supply.
    If it works out for me. I'll have 6 of them to do.
     
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    Before you even bother doing this, with two 1.5" holes, an exterior fan is not going to reduce the condensation much at all. You'd need a few more holes for sure I think.

    My fans have modded power supplies (prebuilt) - plug and play fans are available too, one place that seems to have nice fans is www.acinfinity.com. I have never used anything from acinfinity though.

    If you REALLY want to reduce condensation without adding a large screen area into the top you should go with an interior fan that points at the front glass specifically.
     
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    Ok. I thought that maybe trying to put a fan above one of the holes to help pull air through the viv along the front glass might help.
    Trial and error on the first viv.
     
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    Yeah I don't think that will solve your condensation issue. Honestly condensation is just a normal thing, just wipe your front glass when you want to view.
     
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    Well I just tried a small fan that I had laying around the house and it seems to work. You can see the clear viv and the foggy ones. Guess I'll check out that site you sent me. The fans there look pretty decent.
    [​IMG]


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    How did you place the fan? Just blowing across the vent holes?
     
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    Blowing up. Sucking air out. Not sure if it's a good idea. Might mess with my humidity
     
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    Ah yeah, thats pulling all your nice humid air out and pulling in dry air from the room through all the cracks in the viv doors.
     
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    Prob no worse than my other vivs that have a small screen area on the top.
     
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    Well I picked up a 80mm 12 volt computer fan and wired it up. Works great! Gave the tank a heavy misting and the glass cleared right up. I'll keep checking the humidity levels. Might have to put it in a timer and play with the settings a little. [​IMG]


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    Carlos...what happens when you turn the fan around and make it blow into the tank?
     
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    I don't want it to blow the hot air from the lights in and it would prob create too much air movement I think.
    The way I have it now the fan just blows air along the glass top. This way it only pulls a little air from the inside of the viv and at the same time the fan is cooling the lights and the air that is inside the cabinet gets some air movement. The glass is staying nice and clear now and it looks like the humidity is staying pretty high too.
     
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    Timer is for the plants the constant high air flow will desicate them.

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    The air flow is only above the glass top of the viv. If I put my hand under the glass top right under the two holes I can't really feel any air moving.
     
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    That good news maybe you won't need a timer

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    Hey Carlos,

    So, your final solution was to use the computer fan to blow across the vents on the top of your tank? Is this still working well for you, or did you fine tune the fan placement?
     
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    Yeah that's basically what I've done. They are placed just past my vents and blows away from the vents. Pulling just a little air out of the viv. Basically just circulating the air. Added a timer and just played with the timing. Working great for me so far.
    Also works for cooling the lights.
    Worked so well that I did the same concept for the newest cabinet that I built.
     
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    Here's a picture of how I have the fans setup. Blowing away from the vent in the top of the vivs. [​IMG]


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    The best solution for condensation is all glass hood. Also remember that a wooden aquarium needs ventilation holes. There will be non volatile material buildup when water evaporates
     
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