condensation on lid of tank

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25 Oct 2007 00:05 #1 by robert j (robert j)
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hey just wondering if its normal to have a lot of condensation forming on the lid of the tank? its an old tank with a new wooden lid i made myself. i have no fish in it yet just letting it cycle now.Dont wana risk any fish until i sort a few theeting problems.The water level is also dropping with no visible leak. thanks lads

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25 Oct 2007 01:17 #2 by Carl (Carl M)
It is perfectly natural for water to evaporate from a heated tank. You may want to think about varnishing the wooden hood if you have not done so already.

You can buy a condensation tray (basically a piece of corrugated plastic) in an Aquatic shop which sits on top of the tank and below the hood, which will reduce the amount of condensation getting to the hood. Alternatively you could cut a couple of pieces of glass to sit on the tank rim which would be easier to keep clean and stain free but of course easier to break:unsure:

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25 Oct 2007 09:13 #3 by Peter OB (Peter O'Brien)
A couple of pieces of perspex would do the trick.

What temp is the tank at?

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25 Oct 2007 10:04 #4 by dclifford (Derek Clifford)
Is the water level still dropping since I talked to you at the weekend? You should measure the change over a couple of days. It might help to tell if the drop is excessive or normal.

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25 Oct 2007 12:27 #5 by robert j (robert j)
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thanks for that yes that could do it. the temp is 24 on one thermometer but only showing 18 on the mercury therm. i assume the mercury would be the more accurate . gona turn it up a little and see how it goes thanks again

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25 Oct 2007 12:29 #6 by robert j (robert j)
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thanks for that ....

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25 Oct 2007 22:55 #7 by Acara (Dave Walters)
If the thermo you're taking the reading of 24 off is a 'digital' type,that you stick on the side of the tank,best you just peel it off and put in the bin.Not very good.I would stick to the mercury 1.
Clearseal make condensation trays for their tanks which are a pretty standard size,but can be easily cut to size,they are plastic.I got some up at Aquatic Village,and they are only a few euro.Much easier than messing around with glass.

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