Battling Water Loss and High Humidity at Home

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Battling Water Loss and High Humidity at Home

Post by Kyle May » Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:59 pm

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Re: Battling Water Loss and High Humidity at Home

Post by Lisachromis » Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:10 pm

Great info! Want to come and put lids on all my tanks?? I'm still looking for a rich fishroom slave. :lol:

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Re: Battling Water Loss and High Humidity at Home

Post by Kyle May » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:44 am

I'd be a good fishboy...lol
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Re: Battling Water Loss and High Humidity at Home

Post by Pam Chin » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:47 pm

Kyle,

Very nice!

It is amazing how much humidity you can cut down with a good lid on your tank.

I had egg crate on all of my tanks, while it was great for keeping the fish in the tank, it doesn't keep the water in the tank. I am really cheap, and I have a lot of tanks and the thought of buying glass for lids was overwhelming. Not to mention raw edges on the glass, etc. I was beside myself to figure out how to use the existing egg crate, I knew that I just needed some type of barrier. I use acetate a lot at work to put over plans, it is a thin plastic like you see on the front of report covers, it is available in 48" wide rolls. We cut a piece the size of the egg crate and used shipping tape to hold it on. This has worked for me,I have also used shrink wrap and a shrink wrap that has an adhesive on it.

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Re: Battling Water Loss and High Humidity at Home

Post by Lisachromis » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:18 am

Kyle May wrote:I'd be a good fishboy...lol
But are you rich? :lol:

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Re: Battling Water Loss and High Humidity at Home

Post by Lisachromis » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:40 am

Pam Chin wrote:Kyle,

Very nice!

It is amazing how much humidity you can cut down with a good lid on your tank.

I had egg crate on all of my tanks, while it was great for keeping the fish in the tank, it doesn't keep the water in the tank. I am really cheap, and I have a lot of tanks and the thought of buying glass for lids was overwhelming. Not to mention raw edges on the glass, etc. I was beside myself to figure out how to use the existing egg crate, I knew that I just needed some type of barrier. I use acetate a lot at work to put over plans, it is a thin plastic like you see on the front of report covers, it is available in 48" wide rolls. We cut a piece the size of the egg crate and used shipping tape to hold it on. This has worked for me,I have also used shrink wrap and a shrink wrap that has an adhesive on it.

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Does that method affect plant growth at all?

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Re: Battling Water Loss and High Humidity at Home

Post by Pam Chin » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:09 pm

Lisa,

I didn't grow any "plants" but I do have a good algae growth on pots and castles. The acetate is clear, so the light goes right through it, the shrink wrap is clear too, the sticky back shrink wrap is more opaque.

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Re: Battling Water Loss and High Humidity at Home

Post by Lisachromis » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:31 pm

Which do you prefer?

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Re: Battling Water Loss and High Humidity at Home

Post by Pam Chin » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:36 pm

Lisa,

Personally I think the Acetate works best. If you are nimble with shrink wrap then it should be okay, but I tend to fight with it! Basically you are wrapping the egg crate in the shrink wrap.

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