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Old 11-24-2009, 12:54 PM   #11 
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hello again, yes my tank has a black cover on top. is it the cover causing the evaporation? thanks.

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Old 11-24-2009, 04:29 PM   #12 
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No, the cover is supposed to help to stop the evaporation. That is why I asked.

I'm not sure what might be causing so much evaporation.

I don't seem to have that problem. You may want to post a new thread about it, that way more people will see it. Maybe you'll get more help that way.

Good luck!

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Old 11-24-2009, 04:39 PM   #13 
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Yeah, I have a cover too. I don't know why I lose so much. There's no leak, there's a cover, the fish aren't smuggling it out while I sleep... :P

Or at least... I don't think so. Maybe my house plants are so desperate for water, they're drawing it from my tank.

I have live plants IN the tank. Are they drawing it out? I have two Anubias nana, a HUGE water wisteria, two four leaf clovers and some java moss. This is my first planted tank, so I'm a newb. :D
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:08 PM   #14 
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I'm sure the plants could explain your water loss.

I'm not completely familiar with aquatic plants but I'm assuming, like any other plant, they "feed" on water. So, they are probably your "culprit." Of course, they make oxygen and help with the nitrogen cycle, too. So, I wouldn't get rid of them.

I don't have any live plants in my tank. Are they hard to take care of? I see all of the "crap" at the fish store to "take care of" your plants...everything from special filters, to Co2 tablets, plant "food", etc. I've wondered if you actually need all this stuff, or if it is just junk they try to sell to you.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:22 PM   #15 
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Well, my water wisteria grows like crazy and I don't do much of that stuff. My anubius nana are also thriving. My four leaf clover are alive but not growing very much and my tank seems to be the only one in which java moss is slow growing. So, I think if you make sure your plants are low light and/or beginner, you can do it. I bought a florasun light for plants and sometimes drop some Flourish liquid fertilizer in there. That's the extent of my care. :)
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:36 PM   #16 
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I lose about a gallon a week in my tank (16g). You can just replace it when you do a water change. Evaporation? My house is like the sahara desert, so I don't know where all that water really goes.

I concur, I put about 3 oz of water in my tank a day to keep it topped off.
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