Case of the Missing Water
I wasn't sure where to put this, so I'll put it here. As I'm sure that just about everyone Stateside has been aware, most of the US is in the middle of an arctic chill. Last night, because my heaters are broken and the new ones from the company have yet to arrive, I got the temperature of my tank up to eighty (a little warm, but it was a little chilly, so I figured that by the time the turtles were done eating the water would be the right temp). I wound and tied up a bunch of old clothes around the sides of the tank to preserve as much heat as possible, and stuffed all the gaps with socks, for extra insulation. (My dryer eats a lot of socks.) It worked--ish--and the temperature in the tank didn't drop too much. However, tonight I went to check on the turtles (to make sure no more pieces of fern got stuck in the intake valve of the filter) I noticed that the water level was low. Lower than evaporation (and it didn't get that hot or dry in here) could account for. It took me four (carefully mixed for right temperature) coffee cans (plastic) to get the water level back up to normal. I checked around the tank, and there are no leaks. All the decorations (minus a few tiny ferns that were giving me grief out of all proportion to their miniscule size) are still there. We have no cats or dogs who might drink from the tank. We are caring for no one's cats or dogs that might drink from the tank. No one in the house went into the room, much less into the tank. So I have one question to pose to the people who read this post--where did the water go?