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Old 12-07-2008, 04:24 PM   #11
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I have been having evaporation issues as well, currently is 17 degrees here and the house is cooler then most around 68 because the price for oil is still up for winter heating and i would go threw almost 2 gallons a day. So I purchased plexiglass and cut it to fit over my aquarium. It's thinner lighter and easy to clean. So now the light goes through well and evaporation has gone down to about a gallon every 2-3 days. Summer is great though!!!! No evaporation!! (or very very little)
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Keep a close eye on your PH since you have those tops on there you will lose a lot of O2 exchange.
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Yeah, thanks Ziggy. There are areas for the exchange towards the back of the aquarium where each little part fits in...(protein skimmer, HOB filter, heater, power cords for powerheads).
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:42 PM   #14
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Did you guys build your own auto top off or is there a good device to buy?
It came with my wet/dry sump. The one I have was designed to be used with it. My only disappointment with it, is it can't go under the stand due to it's large size. It's only around 1.5 feet high, but to lift the top-up jug out of it requires another 1.5ft clearance.

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Keep a close eye on your PH since you have those tops on there you will lose a lot of O2 exchange.
Thanks, never thought about that. I only have half of my tank covered, but it could still be an issue.
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:55 AM   #15
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You should be ok as long as you have some surface exposed to the air. Having the skimmer on your system helps as well.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:22 AM   #16
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If you don't have the glass canopies for the top of your aquarium ,buy them.

They will pay for themselves with the money you save from less evaporation. They make a big difference.
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Did you guys build your own auto top off or is there a good device to buy?
I was looking at something like this for my RO unit...
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:36 AM   #18
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If you don't have the glass canopies for the top of your aquarium ,buy them.

They will pay for themselves with the money you save from less evaporation. They make a big difference.
IMO Glass canopies cause low PH because of poor gas exchange at the surface and they also trap heat in tanks from the lighting. When the lights are on the temps get pretty high and when they go out the temp drops causing big temp.swings. I just leave mine open and temp stays a constant 78 and PH stays a constant 8.2 . I`ll glady trade that stability for a gallon or two of water a day. JMO
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So I take it that during this evaporation, you basically just added the extra missing gallon right?

I left the half canopy open with the lighting, is it better to cover more than half to reduce evaporation or should I leave it that way?
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If you don't have the glass canopies for the top of your aquarium ,buy them.

They will pay for themselves with the money you save from less evaporation. They make a big difference.
This may be true for FW but not for SW. Glass tops are a PH no no in SW.
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