Fish tank bad for your health? - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 23
Fish tank bad for your health?

I have a 55 gallon open top tank in my bedroom. Theres 260 watts over it for 12 hours a day. Does the extra humidity do anything bad to my health? There is probably 2-3 gallons evaporation daily.
nycxaro is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 01:18 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
bigpow's Avatar
 
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Petaluma, CA
Posts: 748
Depends on where you are...
In my place, people actually buy humidifiers because of the low humidity.

Eheim Pimp Club Member #74
bigpow is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 01:45 AM
Algae Grower
 
MacTech's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Sector ZZ-9 Plural-Z Alpha, Earth, New England, Maine, York
Posts: 95
no, just bad for your wallet
MacTech is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 01:47 AM
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 197
Ill second that one!! I have prolly $1200 in my 75G so far...
pjhaddock is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 01:49 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 1,740
I was wondering the same thing. All my tanks are open top and lose a noticible amount of water every few days. I wonder if I'm favoring a little bit of mold growth anywhere. The room also smells different with a fish tank.
Rolo is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 01:56 PM
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 173
If you get some houseplants they will help with lowering humidity. I lose about an inch of water a week from my open 20L.
tommyboy22481 is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 02:14 PM
Planted Tank VIP
 
GulfCoastAquarian's Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 3,586
2-3 gallons evaporation daily from a 55g?!! Dude, that's insane! How much surface agitation do you have? Mine is partially open top and I lose maybe a gallon or two a week! What's the water temp and room temp?
Anyway, as far as the humidity goes, its great for your sinuses and skin/scalp, but it could harm furniture and particularly bedding in the long term. To cut back on evaporation, drop tank temp or raise room temp and eliminate surface agitation.

- Sam P -

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Low Tech Planted Nanos with Bettas
Former Tank Journals:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
GulfCoastAquarian is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 02:24 PM
Planted Member
 
mario's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Posts: 287
Quote:
Originally Posted by GulfCoastAquarian
2-3 gallons evaporation daily from a 55g?!! Dude, that's insane! How much surface agitation do you have? Mine is partially open top and I lose maybe a gallon or two a week! What's the water temp and room temp?
You forgot one important point that plays a big role in how fast water evaporates from a tank: humidity in the surrounding air. I run my airconditioners 24/7 all throughout summer. So even with virtually no surface agitation, my open-top 29 gallon tank can lose as much as 4 gallons in seven days.

"Save me Jebus! And I don't even believe in Jebus!!!" Homer Simpson
mario is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 02:32 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 1,740
Of course the simplest and effective way to stop humidity is with a glass cover.
Rolo is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 07:40 PM
Planted Tank VIP
 
GulfCoastAquarian's Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 3,586
Quote:
Originally Posted by mario
You forgot one important point that plays a big role in how fast water evaporates from a tank: humidity in the surrounding air. I run my airconditioners 24/7 all throughout summer. So even with virtually no surface agitation, my open-top 29 gallon tank can lose as much as 4 gallons in seven days.
That's true - relative humidity is key to evaporation rates, but I also run the AC 24/7 from May to Sep (It's hot in the deep south!) and don't get nearly the evaporation rates I'm reading about here.

- Sam P -

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Low Tech Planted Nanos with Bettas
Former Tank Journals:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
GulfCoastAquarian is offline  
post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 06:18 AM
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1
In Singapore, humidity lingers at 90%. Temperature ranges from 27 to 33 degress Celsius. Absolutely non-detrimental to our health.
hmph is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ridding Algae from tank ala Tom Barr aquaverde Algae 31 01-14-2005 08:43 PM
Re-Modeling tank layout with fish in the tank lokobreed General Planted Tank Discussion 1 06-10-2004 02:55 PM
Fish and plant suggestions for a 5 gal moby dick tank Pete General Planted Tank Discussion 1 12-23-2003 10:14 PM
question on feeding plants in tank before fish Deuce868 General Planted Tank Discussion 7 07-18-2003 11:38 AM
Need fish idea's for my planted tank GDominy General Planted Tank Discussion 6 08-23-2002 03:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome