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Old 11-14-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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Evaporation issues.

Hey guys! I'm getting some fairly substantial evaporation on my 15gal tank.

I have to top up around 3-5 gallons a week. And on a small tank, that's a huge amount.

I'm wondering if it will be worthwhile to add a condensation tray? Or maybe a glass lid?

I've heard bad things about lids on saltwater aquariums and would like some advice please!

Thanks.
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Lids me no likey. They're bad mojo for SW tanks.

I haven't thought about a condensation tray (I have to top off about 2-3 gallons a week now in my 20). I know a big part of it is that the air in the house is drier from the heat being on. If you have a humidifier on your HVAC system, you might be able to dial up the humidity a little, but you don't want it condensing on your walls, either

In the meantime, I just top off every 3-4 days.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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I lose about an inch of water a day. If I left it 3-4 days the top of my rock would be in the air lol.

I don't have any fancy heating systems (UK here). I just set the thermostat to what ever temp and that's it.

It's a bit annoying having to too the tank off daily.

Might have to invest in an auto top off.
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I have also heard that lids mess up O2 exchange and lower PH.
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You probably still have drier air in the winter than in the summer, which will lead to faster evap rates, which are more evident on a smaller tank. An ATO is the way to go.
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You probably still have drier air in the winter than in the summer, which will lead to faster evap rates, which are more evident on a smaller tank. An ATO is the way to go.
Think I'll be adding one to my Christmas list!
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