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Old 05-30-2004, 06:23 PM   #1
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Tops or no tops

i am going to do a 55g reef setup with some fish.... the lighting I picked is
Coralife 260watts-includes two 21" 65watt actinic and 2 21" 65watt 10000K bulbs

now I bought 2 Vesatops for the tank.. should I just use those or nothing or what?

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Old 05-30-2004, 06:57 PM   #2
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no don't put a top on the tank.
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Old 05-30-2004, 07:01 PM   #3
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ok so what do I use so my cats dont jump ina dn my fish dont jump out?

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Well you will have a canopy on it wont you? If you have a canopy then you wont need the glass tops and nothing should be able ot get in there./
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I have been told that lighting egg crate from DIY stores like Home Depot is the thing to have. But I guess you have to have you lights suspened enough so that it doesn't get too hot and melt. Thats assuming though that you have some really powerful lights. I plan on looking into this myself
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I wont have a canopy no.. just the fixture sitting on top of the tank.. thus why I deceided to do the versa tops

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Old 05-30-2004, 07:39 PM   #7
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I prefer going topless. Ever since I removed my glass top, all of my corals have really started to bloom. You might need to do daily fresh water top-offs as evaporation is more of an issue.
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well we shallsee I dont want my cats to end up on top of the tank or fallin in

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I think it all depends on where you put it. We have two cats and have not had a problem (knock on wood). If you are worried and have actually observed your cat on the tank then I would get a canopy or cover just for your own peice of mind.
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I have a top on my aquarium with the plastic trim strip removed for ventilation.
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