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Old 07-12-2013, 04:52 PM   #11
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Temperature of your tank, number of square inches of surface layer, amount of surface agitation and the houses humidity level, along with airflow will dictate evaporation rates. Glass tops reduce evaporation at the expense of good gas exchange that can effect ph negatively.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:30 PM   #12
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Another great question tategrant!

Everyone: what is the best way to tell when you need to add more water? I've just been watching the return pump down in my sump to make sure it stays covered with water...but haven't been very exact in how full I keep it.

Can y'all give us the pros and cons of glass tops? I have one, but the other is missing. I was planning on making the second, but I'v read that you may not want to cover the tank completely...needs exposure to air?
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How many gallons of water will evaporate from my 90 gallon tank in a week? Also how often do I have to do water changes? Every time the nitrites, nitrates, or ammonia goes up?
Your ammonia and nitrite should not ride once the tank cycles unless you add some fish and you will get a slight ammonia spike depending on the size of the fish. But the nitrates and phosphates will and need to be removed by way of water change. If the nitrates and phosphates get too high your behind the 8 ball already. You need to find a routine that works for you. I run chaeto in my sump to help with nitrate and I do a 20 gallon water change on my 180 every other week. And that keeps everything in check. You don't ever want to be playing catch up on your parameters.
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Your ammonia and nitrite should not ride once the tank cycles unless you add some fish and you will get a slight ammonia spike depending on the size of the fish. But the nitrates and phosphates will and need to be removed by way of water change. If the nitrates and phosphates get too high your behind the 8 ball already. You need to find a routine that works for you. I run chaeto in my sump to help with nitrate and I do a 20 gallon water change on my 180 every other week. And that keeps everything in check. You don't ever want to be playing catch up on your parameters.
Once every two weeks sounds good what's a chaeto
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A type of algae that will grow absorbing nitrates.
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