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Old 04-18-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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Benefits of no Hood

What are the Benefits of having no hood like this

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easier to feed, risk of ph crash is dramatically reduced, you can hear the water noise better, im sure there are tons more reasons
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risk of ph crash is dramatically reduced
I have an open top also and I love it for the same reasons given above.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:05 PM   #5
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the lack of fresh air getting to the surface of the water to offgas the co2 can cause the ph to drop. I've had it happen to me. I'm sure somebody could probably tell you in a really hard to understand chemical way how it all works, but basically co2 somehow causes the ph to drop, so if it cant exchange the co2 for oxygen at the surface, the ph has nowhere to go but down...
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:17 AM   #6
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I concur, and it just looks so much better.
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I dont know much about the SW scene or what hoods do for them, but i can say i appreciate your tank and think it looks sahweet!!!!
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oh thats not my tank, its just an example. I really wish it was my tank!
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Hea, that's my "TANK", hahahaaa....not
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Pro's to running an open top:
-Better gas exchange
-Light doesn't have to go through glass (depending on glass tops quality, they can actually cause a loss of light to the tank if the glass has any tinting to it.)
-No salt creep to clean on the tops themselves

Con's of running an open top:
-No shield against dust/contaminents from entering the water
-If someone sprays febreeze in the air, it'll go in the tank
-If you have jumper fish, you may find a carpet surfer on the floor
- Evaporation is higher

I'd recommend running a plastic honeycomb/ grid lighting cover to allow for gas exchange and keep your fish in the water. Then bar the use of chemicals near the tank.
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