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Old 11-24-2012, 07:51 PM   #611
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Something is wrong.. anyone have to top off the sump TWICE a day???
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:33 PM   #612
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Something is wrong.. anyone have to top off the sump TWICE a day???
Use a lid. The other option could be to remove the two right most baffles to increase the water volume in the pump chamber. Otherwise you could install a float valve and attach it to a reservoir for top off. That's how I had mine. I used a flat green 6 gallon water container from Academy Sports and had it on a simple 2x4 frame behind the tank. An auto top off is another option. Honestly, if you have a glass lid for the tank you'll have a lot less evaporation.

How many gallons are you using a day right now?
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:41 PM   #613
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Use a lid. The other option could be to remove the two right most baffles to increase the water volume in the pump chamber. Otherwise you could install a float valve and attach it to a reservoir for top off. That's how I had mine. I used a flat green 6 gallon water container from Academy Sports and had it on a simple 2x4 frame behind the tank. An auto top off is another option. Honestly, if you have a glass lid for the tank you'll have a lot less evaporation.

How many gallons are you using a day right now?
Not exactly sure... from the time I was gone today 7:15am-5pm, I had to add 4 or 5 "solo" cup fulls into the sump.

And how would a glass lid work? I guess cut out the middle for the return pump line?
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:55 PM   #614
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No, I meant a lid on the big tank. Evaporation happens when the air meets the surface of the water, absorbs some moisture and then carries it away. A lid keep the air in the room from taking some of the tank water away. I know you don't like lids but if your tank came with one it would be a temporary fix. Otherwise some sort of top off is really the best long term solution. I always ran kalkwasser (pickling lime) fir top off to help keep the calcium and dKH up. Depending on the size of the water container you may get away with only having to refill it once or twice a week
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:01 PM   #615
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No, I meant a lid on the big tank. Evaporation happens when the air meets the surface of the water, absorbs some moisture and then carries it away. A lid keep the air in the room from taking some of the tank water away. I know you don't like lids but if your tank came with one it would be a temporary fix. Otherwise some sort of top off is really the best long term solution. I always ran kalkwasser (pickling lime) fir top off to help keep the calcium and dKH up. Depending on the size of the water container you may get away with only having to refill it once or twice a week
Guess that'll b another thing to think about.. maybe I'll get a top off system down the road.. I just don't have the money for it right now...

With losing so much water a day, do u see any future problems I may have with corals(calcium, mag, kH)??
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Nope. All it will effect is your salinity levels
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #617
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Nope. All it will effect is your salinity levels
So I should probably keep my salinity on the lower side? Like 1.024?
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I'd go with .025 I doubt your return chamber holds enough water to effect you salinity by more then .001
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I'd go with .025 I doubt your return chamber holds enough water to effect you salinity by more then .001
Yeah you're prob right. My tank is at 1.026 right now so I'll have to adjust that
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Just when you do your first water change mix it around .023-.024 and that should compensate for the difference
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