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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-29-2014, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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Oh dear, where's Sherlock when you need him?
Are you sure the towels didn't suck up any water?

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Is there a tiny tiny crack somewhere on the bottom. Feel the floor or carpet underneath the pan. It can't disappear without a leak... but it can be a very slow leak...just all night. There HAS to be a wet spot underneath or in the towels/clothes.

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Mystery Solved

Well, I found out what happened. There is no leak. (I got help moving the tank today so that I could check underneath it. As I showed in my post New Tank, my new tank is a plastic tote. The side of the tank that the filter is on suddenly started bowing outward, thus making the water level appear so much less. I'm working on ways to reinforce it now.

Thanks for trying to help!
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Dang physics!! Glad you solved it Sherlock!!

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Hey i have a 65 gallon glass tank and it happens the same way with me. I have to keep refilling my tank every week or so. What i have noticed is that if u leave the light on for a long time that water evaporates because of the heat. I have an over hanging filter that flows about 100 gallons an hour and if i sit on my couch next to it i get splashed every now and then. Can that be my problem? You seem to have found out ur problem but my glass cant bow so im now sure. Also can it be due to lighting i understand that some lights give off more heat than others.im just not sure how i lose over 15-20 gallons a week due to evaporation. Also i dont leave my light on for long only when im in the living room other wise its off.

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Oh yes, If you are getting splashed even once in awhile then you are losing a fair amount of water even if it's just one drop at a time. That is a very logical reason.!

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