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Old 09-27-2004, 02:04 PM
 
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Anyone have any tricks to keep the front of my tank clear? It's always covered with condensation (Humidity is ~80-85%) temp is ~80. I want to be able to see my frogs. Thanks
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I have a Walmart fan (instead of those expensive, lower power CPU fan) that goes on twice a day with a timer for an hour each. It helps a lot. It will get steamy still at certain times of the day, mostly in the warmest part of the afternoon.

Plus, if you use a timed ultrasonic humidifier with plenty of ventilation, that works well too, and probably the best option.

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i was trying to find a way to keep the glass clear also. i was just wipe the glass off. do you mean a fan blowing on the out side of the glass?
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I picked up a 4 inch 115V fan from Radio Shack and I have it blowing across the vented area across the top of my tank. Now If I can do something about the water spots that are left :wink:
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Ok I think I have posted this before but here it goes...

1. Order some 40mm fans online (computer fans)
2. Go to walmart and get 300ma universal power adapter with the voltage selector.
3. Wire them together.
4. Put on tank and do testing to see if it drops the humitity too much.

This picture may give you an idea how how little airflow it takes, notice the very small holes, and this fan is only running on 4.5 volts. So at about 1/4 the normal speed. I run these on all of my larger tanks, but have found some great mesh to help on the other tanks. It is 60x60 stainless steal wire mesh, and it is not cheap at all, but works great.

This is a 15gal high by the way and does not need much air flow at all. Also remember that in some cases you can not skip a day of misting with the air flow.
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Another option besides Kyle's use of a fan is just to provide enough ventillation over the glass. I used vent "strips" over a larger terrarium (on 2 of 3 viewing sides), and have had good luck. You can always restrict the size of the vent by placing a piece of plexi over part of the vent (I used doubled over fiberglass screen to reduce the hole size) to get the right balance of clear glass/high humidity.

The bonus there is that you don't have to have a fan . . . but fans do work well.
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Great point homer and what I am using on my custom tanks, though covered with white duct tape a little... :-)
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Speaking of glass, which is more clear and filters less light? Plexiglass or glass?
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glass is more clear, but its very hard to tell the difference, as its so slight.
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I have a Walmart fan (instead of those expensive, lower power CPU fan) that goes on twice a day with a timer for an hour each. It helps a lot. It will get steamy still at certain times of the day, mostly in the warmest part of the afternoon.

Plus, if you use a timed ultrasonic humidifier with plenty of ventilation, that works well too, and probably the best option.

Rain
Uhh, expensive computer fans? Where are you buying computer fans? They're cheap. I only paid around $5 for the fans I used in my last computer. And with frogs, lower power is better, or else you'll end up with frog jerky.
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