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Old 01-28-2014, 10:05 AM   #1
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Water Evaporation

I have a 90 gallon tank, keep it at 84 degrees. The winter is so cold this year the heat in my house is on a lot( forced air system) my problem is I notice more water evaporation then I thought was normal. I also run a wet/ dry system..is this normal and are there ways to limit it. I do have the covered pretty good.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:30 AM   #2
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You could try some condensation trays, these let water condense on them and drip back into the tank.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:17 AM   #3
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I would not cover the tank. Your PH will most likely suffer if so. I would rather have twice the evap. Also, 84 is a little bit high. Try slowly dropping it to around 78.
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Drop the temp, and if you have a humidifier for the house, use it.

Otherwise, it's either manual top off, or buy an ATO.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:50 PM   #5
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LOL i had the same prob before. Its been days that its -20C here and I don't open the windows at all cause theyre frozen.

What you can do is get humidifier and have it on at night time (thats what I do). You can also make a simple gravity fed water top off system with air valves to adjust the flow rate if youre in a tight budget.
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I'd make sure you top it off every morning and double check the specific gravity also. Sometimes my tank shows a steepish drop off in the sump and it needs regular RODI and sometimes needs a gallon or so of saltwater. Or you could move to Florida.
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If manually topping off the tank daily is becoming a chore, why not look into an automatic top off, ATO? A float switches will trigger a slow refil of your sump with RODI, keeping your tank always filled and your salinity stable.
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I'd make sure you top it off every morning and double check the specific gravity also. Sometimes my tank shows a steepish drop off in the sump and it needs regular RODI and sometimes needs a gallon or so of saltwater. Or you could move to Florida.
Salt doesn't evaporate. If you are losing salinity, you are losing water by something other than evaporation.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:52 AM   #9
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Yah, I have a smaller tank and I do a lot of testing. Infrequently I have to add some extra saltwater to keep the sump level perfectly stable along with top off water.
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That doesn't make sense. What are you using to test the SG with?
Are you getting a lot of salt creep?
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