Thread: way too much evaporaton
06-09-2013, 10:29 PM #1
way too much evaporaton
every week about 1-3 inches of water disappears in my 10 gallon.
because there is less water in the tank the water reaches 30 degrees Celsius.
and i have to keep topping it off every other day to keep the temperature stable.
anyone know how to stop this.
it doesn't happen too much in my other tanks
06-10-2013, 12:26 AM #2
Are you 100% certain that it's evaporation and not a slow leak?
Is there a lid on the tank? Are there gaps in the lid that can be sealed up?
Also, a good heater should not heat the water hotter than it is set to, no matter how little water it's in - I think your heater might be malfunctioning. A higher temperature would also account for more evaporation than your other tanks (the warmer the water, the faster it evaporates) - I would suggest getting a new heater with a good thermostat to see if that solves the problem.
06-10-2013, 01:12 AM #3
I say get a lid with little to no gaps as dizzydezzy suggested. My saltwater tank went through water like crazy until I sealed up the lid openings.
As far as keeping the temperature constant, central air when the temperature gets up there will do the trick.
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06-10-2013, 02:20 AM #4
a 50 watt heater is what is recommended for a 10 gallon tank.
the heater that is in their is what i am guessing 75 watt or more.
i do not know exactly because it is used.
i have another one but that one does not tell me how to adjust the temp.
i lowered the temperature on the heater to get the water cooler.
where can i get another lid
06-10-2013, 02:44 AM #5
Should be able to get a glass lid for a 10g in most pet stores, maybe around $10-15 range. Petsmart and petco do sell them as well. The lid is made out of 2 pieces of glass with a plastic hinge connecting them. Also along the backside there is a plastic lid extender, that you can cut with a knife. So you can cut out holes for the filter and anywhere else cords need to go. Should be able to cut down the amount of water escaping the tank.
06-10-2013, 12:13 PM #6
My 55 gallon does not have a cover and most of the time I lose about half a gallon per day due to evaporation. I thought that was pretty insane, but its consistent.
I lose much less in my 20 long, but that has a cover on which a ton of condensation is captured and drips back into tank. Just FYI.55 Gallon Freshwater Tank (semi-planted) 48"x21"x13"
Video of 55GAL Tank - DEC 2012
06-10-2013, 10:46 PM #7
yea idk mine already has a cover with condensation but it keeps evaporating.
i can't find a lid that is the right size so i guess i will be topping water off
06-11-2013, 02:40 AM #8
06-11-2013, 04:58 AM #9
think of it as a free humidifier for your room.
06-11-2013, 11:25 PM #10
Just a thought but if you have an HOB filter, does it have a lid? I remember I took a lid off a filter once because it rattled a bit - and boy did I sure notice a jump in evaporation. I put a piece of saran wrap on it and problem solved.
The more water surface agitation you have will also increase your evaporation...