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Old 10-06-2010, 07:29 PM   #11
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you can purchase bridal veil at your local wal mart for about $4 a square foot.
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:19 PM   #12
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I made the fame and used the 1/4" netting. In about a year the netting started to crumble due to the heat from my lights. If I were to net it again I would us the 1/2" which would make feeding the tank allot easier.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:30 PM   #13
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you can purchase bridal veil at your local wal mart for about $4 a square foot.

Doesn't that stuff block a significant amount of light. sort of expensive too. It would be about $28 to cover a 5' 120.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:30 AM   #14
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For the netting go to your local hardware store gardening section. They have netting for keeping animals out of your garden. It is dirt cheap and has UV inhibitors in it to keep from crumbling like thincat was talking about. It is about a 1/4" grid and it doesn't block hardly any light.

If you have a sump and a skimmer that is running all the time i wouldn't worry to much about gas exchange. Between the turbulence of flowing down to the sump and your skimmer pumping a ton of air through the water you should be fine. Glass lids will how ever trap heat in the tank as well as get dirty and block light. The only advantage i see to putting on glass tops is if you don't have a gaurd of some kind over your lights to keep the salt creep out as others have mentioned. Although wiping them down occasionally fixes this problem as well.
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:10 PM   #15
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i would imagine that unless your glass top is completely sealed... that gas exchange wouldnt be effected... (affected? effected? i dont know)

as far as the top reducing the amount of light entering the tank... i HIGHLY doubt that it has THAT MUCH of an effect... cleaning it EVERY DAY is a bit excessive. i wipe mine down maybe once a week during pwc and actually remove it and clean it MAYBE once a month? with no ill effects...
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:52 PM   #16
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I agree that the glass top sealed off is prob not a good idea! But I agree that for certain type of animals you must cover to prevent floor surfing!

IMO some of the best covering i have seen is like the screen room screen which usually has some sort of UV inhibitors. I just don't feel safe myself using the aluminum frame but you could make the frame out of acrylic or something else.
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This is the link to the top I made for my tank.
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And I've got plenty of the polypropylene netting available if someone needs some. Framed my top with pvc quarter round, pvc glue, and stainless steel screws.

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On the topic of covering, I have a 10g with 1/3 sand and rest water with .6 lb of LR and 3 hermits and 1 astrea Starfish, and WF and my lighting is an old lamp (dont laugh) that I really use for heat, as it gets really really hot, and like 1/4 or a lil more of my water evaporates in about 2 weeks give or take... should I have a cover? and is it ok for me to replace water with filtered tap? thanks -Brett
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NO on the filtered tap!! It will make you tank grow horrible algae! Best advice is to find an LFS that sells RO water and replace with that if not just head over to walmart and buy the gal of distilled water.
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