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Old 06-23-2012, 02:03 AM   #51
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haha when i said i didnt have a price limit as long as i can enjoy my tank for years....yea i just found out i was kidding....thats waaay above my price limit haha. i cant see spending $750+ for a unit...and possibly needing more than one depending on your tank size
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:04 AM   #52
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hey does anyone use those versa tops or any kind of glass hood for their salt water tanks? based on a lot of what ive read through the forums, it seems most opt for a no hood, i was wondering if there was a reason?
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:09 AM   #53
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hey does anyone use those versa tops or any kind of glass hood for their salt water tanks? based on a lot of what ive read through the forums, it seems most opt for a no hood, i was wondering if there was a reason?
Yes there is a reason. Gas exchange is limited and heat can build up. Usually a top causes a depressed ph and increase temp. Oxygen and carbon dioxide cannot flow freely. Screens are much better if your worried about jumpy fish.

Yeah i kinda figured you didnt see the price tag lol.
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I'm glad I asked then because I was planning on getting one haha. but I have a question about it. I know people who use them on their freshwater tanks and have never had a problem so what's so different with saltwater? Is it the minerals in the salt or what? That's exactly what I'm concerned Bout is jumping fish so I don't want to go without a top but don't want to use the ugly hood for my tank haha so I may have to use a hinged screen or something
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I'm glad I asked then because I was planning on getting one haha. but I have a question about it. I know people who use them on their freshwater tanks and have never had a problem so what's so different with saltwater? Is it the minerals in the salt or what? That's exactly what I'm concerned Bout is jumping fish so I don't want to go without a top but don't want to use the ugly hood for my tank haha so I may have to use a hinged screen or something
Well major heat and ph fluctuation are more problematic in reef tanks. Oxygen, and surface agitation are important to keeping them stable.
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Ok I can definately agree on that and the glass would trap the heat in more causing quite a bit of fluctuation in all balances. I thank you for te heads up like I said I was gonna buy one for it but now I'll probably find a hinged screen or something. None of my freshwater fish have tried to jump before but I've seen some saltwater fish do like to try and jump.
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Ok I can definately agree on that and the glass would trap the heat in more causing quite a bit of fluctuation in all balances. I thank you for te heads up like I said I was gonna buy one for it but now I'll probably find a hinged screen or something. None of my freshwater fish have tried to jump before but I've seen some saltwater fish do like to try and jump.
Yep, no problem. Screens work much better for reefs. Bulkreefsupply.com actually sells materials and tool to make your own custom screen top. The screen is clear and doesnt block light.
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Sweet, I'm gonna go check them out now
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