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Old 01-10-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Glass tops

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I am setting up a new saltwater tank, it's a 150 gl. Should I have glass tops or should I leave the top open?
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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Up to u, pros and cons of both
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Id love to hear the pros and cons as my open top evaporates like crazy and was thinking of glass
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:40 PM   #4
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I say glass tops.

I had mine open for a while until I got my firefish, which went carpet surfing.

I was also losing Judy under I gallon a day because of the open top on my tank combined with the open top fuge.

Glass tops=less water evaporation and security when it comes to keeping inhabitants in tank!

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I took my glass tops off. When the water evaporated I was left with salt crystals on the glass tops. My salinity kept dropping slowly as well. With them off my salinity is a lot better and I've noticed the lighting in the tank is better. If you are worried about jumpers put some plastic egg crate over the top of the tank.
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I took my glass tops off. When the water evaporated I was left with salt crystals on the glass tops. My salinity kept dropping slowly as well. With them off my salinity is a lot better and I've noticed the lighting in the tank is better. If you are worried about jumpers put some plastic egg crate over the top of the tank.
Just my opinion anyways. :P
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in todays world,...right or wrong,...the census is to leave your saltwater tank without a top,...the reasoning behind this is that your tanks water needs a way to expell built up gasses thru the water surface.,kinda like keeping all your windows in your house closed sooner or later the air will become very stale and toxic .
the down side to this is that your tank will lose more water thru evaporation,..thats where the automatic top offs ( ato ) come into play,...as your saltwater evaporates , the water evaporates but leaves the salt behind making your tanks water more saltier,...the automatic top offs replaces that water with the same amount of clean fresh water thus keeping your tanks salinity stable
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I say ditch them. Lower PH will be the result with them on due to poor gas exchange at the surface. They also trap heat in the tank from the lighting. I`ve gone almost 14 yrs without them.
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I'm not sure if it's true or not but I always leave my glass tops off because I think they diffuse UV
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:44 PM   #10
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There you have it, the cons outweigh the pros
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