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Old 01-16-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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Why is My water Evaporating so fast? Change Filter?

I add about 5 gallons of water to my tank every week.
I think its because the top of my tank is open. No lid. and My Halide light heats up the water by 2 or 3 degrees.

What is the solution to my problem?

I dont want to add a lid that will disrupt the lighting.

Also, I have a ProClear Aquatics Wet/Dry with built in skimmer. I was thinking about changing to a TidePool 2. They seem easier to use and The are a lot less noisey.

Any thoughts or feedback would be great.
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Is this in the 40 gal? I add around 4-5 gal a week during the winter to my 55 gal tank so it doesn't seem that off to me.

I average around 3-4 gal during the summer.

I hope you are topping off daily with FW or at least every 3 days.
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you will lose a lot of water in the winter... the air is too dry in your home. dry air, static electricity shocks, dry skin, etc.... they come with the season.

to slow down the tank evaporation, you could add a humidifier to the room, but you will have to fill the humdiifer with water. so, your going to be putting water into something .

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I agree, that sounds reasonable. You could do a DIY auto-topoff unit.
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Old 01-16-2007, 03:31 PM   #5
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Re: Why is My water Evaporating so fast? Change Filter?

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I dont want to add a lid that will disrupt the lighting.
Not only that but you`ll have PH problems from poor gas exchange at the surface. I dont think also that you are far from normal. I have a 125 and I`m putting in 2 gallons a day.
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Ok good. This is in my 58 Gal. I thought i was going nuts. So i should add a little fresh water everyday from my understanding?

And any thoughts on the wet/dry filter? Have any of you used the Tidepool Units?
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You may want to post about the Tidepool in the general hardware/equipment section.
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All your top off water needs to be fresh water. Your PWC water needs to be SW.
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I just installed Metal Halides about 3 weeks ago on a 55. I have had to add water alot more now that they are on. I also removed my glass lids as well. It is normal to lose that much do to evaporation. I do have a question though. I always topped off with FW because my salinity rose after evap. But since the metal halides have been on, the tank salinity hasn't been raising once 2-3 gal of evap. I have had to top off with sw. I'm I going crazy or is something not right?
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Why is My water Evaporating so fast? Change Filter?

Yes, salinity will rise, remember water evaporates and salt does not. MH are very hot and will cause more evaporation....heat=evaporation.
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But since the metal halides have been on, the tank salinity hasn't been raising once 2-3 gal of evap. I have had to top off with sw. I'm I going crazy or is something not right?
Are you saying the salinity hasn't risen since you added the MHs? With the added heat, the water will evaporate faster and the salinity will rise faster.
Are you using a hydrometer or refractometer? The hydros are somewhat inaccurate, especially with the swinging arms.
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