Cooling for those hot summer days?

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Hey everyone,
I live in Phoenix and noticed things got a little hot last summer in my newt and frog room. I didnt want to A.C. the whole house so I was thinking of trying some thing new. Has anyone ever made a cooling system from a mini-fridge? I am open to other ideas aswell. Maybe something cheap that would cool the whole room. I tried fans but running 5 didnt do anything.
I was thinking of running PVC pipe from the fridge to the tanks and using a small fan in the fridge to blow cold air. Then using a thermostat to regulate the temp.
Summer is coming quick so Ill take any advice I can get.
Thanks!
Tyler
 

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Does the room have a window in it? If it does you can just put a small window AC unit in it, that would cool down just the room and not the whole house.
 

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I freeze bottles of water and put them in the water for my axie and it keeps his temp down ehen its hot:D
 

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The small window AC is a good idea although in 115 degree, three month stretches, I wonder if having the window open at all would be worse. And I cant use fans over the tanks because they dry out the air to quickly. Hopefully I can move away to grad school before things get to hot.
 

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Think I found what I need. I found an evaporative cooler for 25$ on craigslist. This should cool and humidify at the same time. I had never heard of one until today. Neat!!
 
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quick related question:

i use the frozen water bottles in my tank (brings the water temp from about 80 F to 70 F :D). i have a spot in the tank where i can prop the bottle up against a piece of driftwood and one of the glass walls so that the top/cap never get submerged, greatly reducing any risk of mixing the water inside the bottle with the tank water. nonetheless, as advised, i use dechlorinated water in the frozen bottles just in case, however i've noticed that there usually ends up being some white'ish residue in the bottom of the water bottle. is this what happens when water conditioner gets frozen? like i said the two waters do not come in contact but i'm paranoid haha. anyone know what this is or had a similar experience?
 
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