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Old 03-25-2007, 09:44 PM   #11
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Usually the water drop is in the return chamber of your wet/dry not the first chamber. You shoudln't have that problem in the first section of your filter.
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Old 03-25-2007, 09:47 PM   #12
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Yep...your intake level should never drop...
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Ummm... please don't tell me I got ripped off by my LFS with the wet/dry TOO. (See my post about the protein skimmer.)

This is the wet/dry that came with the tank:
http://www.theaquariumonline.com/detail.aspx?ID=775

I have the one on the left.

I've taken out the sponge to give me more room for the protein skimmer, pumps, and heater.

Anyway, when water evaporates from the wet/dry it evaporates water from the entire wet/dry (not just the other side w/out bioballs).
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Old 03-25-2007, 09:54 PM   #14
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I see...that isn't like the one I have...your water flows from one into the other without a baffle. Yeah that sucks....I have a solution for you though...that is depending on what kind of space you have under your tank.....
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I got enough room for a 10g tank underneath. It would take some reconfiguring... but I'm up for ideas. As said, since my tank is fishless right now I'm up for making some drastic changes.
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I dont see how that is possible, you have a constant rate of water being flowed into the sump, the intake chamber should never change. The only place you should see evap is the far right chamber.

But did you pay $170 for that? People need to check out the DIY forum more often!!!
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Ok - I feel like an idiot. LOL.

What would be a good solution?
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Old 03-25-2007, 10:05 PM   #18
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Out a bulkhead on your wet/dry on the return end...about 3" down from the top and plumb that over to a 10g tank and put your return pump in that...this will keep your wet/dry full of water and you will se evaporation on the 10g. I did this for my setup and it works very well. Also get a working level of water in the 10g, enough to handle power down and flowback from pumps and drianage from your overflow.

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I hope this helps you out!!
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Nice ziggy!

That would work great if his wet dry had no baffles, but in the pic I see some.

Please excuse my handwriting!!! I guess thats the lazy artist in me :P

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That is true..but the problem is that the water leve willnot be high enough on the left to keep his rock under water. If he puts the bulkhead as I suggested, gets rid of the bio-balls and the shelf they are sitting on the water leve will stay at about where you drew the line "water line" and thus keep his LR rubble under water. I agree that the evaporation should only be seen in the last section on the right were the pump is. As small a return area as that is I would suggest doing this just to keep your SG more stable. I expect you are having to top off almost every day otherwise your pump would be out of water.
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