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Old 04-26-2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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Water evaporation

I recently set up a 76 gal oceanic bow front aquarium with sump and protein skimmer. I noticed that I get about a gallon a day in Water loss due to evaporation, is that normal????
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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Yup that's normal on my 55g I get about half gallon a day evap
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Ok thanx much appreciated
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:46 PM   #4
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Yep, just top if off with FW (though you probably know that!)
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:28 PM   #5
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thats quite a lot, I barely lose half a gallon week with my 36g bowfront
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when there is more surface area water tends to evaporate faster then it does on a smaller area of water
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Evaporation rate increases due to the following
1. Warmer water evaporates faster
2. Increased surface area
3. If the air has a low humidity so the air is relatively dry.
4. A breeze or wind across the surface of water (A fan nearby)
5. A decrease in atmospheric pressure (not really applicable to most of us)
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plus i have a 6 bulb T5HO light fixture so im sure that doesnt help heh
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lol the T5s don't get hot enough to make a differnce. you can still tough t5 hos with your hand and not get burnt
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sure they do i had to raise mine cause they kept raising the tempature of my tank 2 degrees
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