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Old 06-08-2004, 11:58 AM   #1
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Glass top or no?

I read that a glass top for the tanks were not advised because it could increase the water temps. Wouldn't a top-less tank be more prone to evaporation and dust contamination?
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I say glass on FOWLR, topless on reef. Top less is more prone to evaporation, not sure if dust affects it at all.. I was thinking about that though. The light penetrates better with out glass. Egg crate is what I use.
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I use glass on my tank and not on my sump.
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Old 06-08-2004, 12:19 PM   #4
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the other factor to consider is gas exchange. You should be sure there is adequate air flow over a good amount of water surface for proper gas exchange. This is how most oxygen gets into an aquarium. Bearfans works because his sump is exposed. if you don't have a sump I would suggest going topless. I wouldn't wory about dust contamination unless you are frequently using aeresol sprays/cleaners. Also note that some bug sprays/pest bombs can DESTROY your tank if exposed.
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I'm always topless... err .. I mean my tank.

The evaporation is a real pain but the benefits are well worth it.. my tank would boil if it wasn't open top.
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I was always told that topless is the way to go. For the last week I decided to try it with the top on. Keep in mind I havent had glass tops on my tank for 5-8 years, if not more. To be honest, I'm not seeing big difference. I have m/h lighting..the tank temp is about the same, but the evaporation is signifigantly less. I have lost two of my sps frags, but the tank was moved two weeks ago and the corals were in rubber maid tubs for 13 hrs. I am contributing their death to that more than the glass lids for the moment.
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Also keep in mind that some fish jump out of tanks if not well sealed Good luck!
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I was just thinking about the fish jumping factor. For those without a top, aren't you afraid of a fish jumping out?
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to prevent carpet surfing, head to your local HD and pick up a piece of "egg crate". You can probably find it in the lighting section. It is a plastic grid, usualy white. THe squares are about 1/2" so it lets plenty of light and air in, you can feed through it and it keeps your fish in as well.
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I have going topless a few months now and I must say, it has made a huge difference in my tank. My corals have never been happier. Keep in mind, I am using the Coralife CF 4 x 65 watt lighting. I think if you have MH you would get better penetration through the glass top then I got with my CF. I have not lost any fish yet due to jumping out.
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