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Old 10-26-2016, 02:27 PM   #1
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Reef Aquarium Cover / Spectrum

What can you use to cover a reef aquarium without filtering out any light spectrum or losing the shimmering effect provided by LED's and T8's?

Unfortunately, a canopy is not an option for my setup. I currently use egg crating but I've still lost a jumper or two that have managed to get through the holes.

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Try a DIY screen top...
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Covers stop gas exchange will can cause dropping pH...
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Endorsed. I bought the screen from BRS and built one of these myself for my freshwater planted tank so plenty of light gets through to the plants. I used the 1/4" netting. There are several good videos on YouTube on how to put these together.
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Thanks - unfortunately, I also don't have a sump so I have some equipment sticking out of the top. I'll have to make a few turns and twists but at least I'll prevent some fish from jumping out. And it's destined that they will find that small hole to jump through.
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I use some clear netting that is a whole lot thinner than eggcrate. Easy to tape around the tank.
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Thanks but the link to your tank is not working
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This is what I am talking about.
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That works! Thanks!
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It worked for me.
it appears the photo server is down for maintenance
mines out too.
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if I may , what type of fish made it through the egg crate? those holes are what about 3/8th's of a inch , that fish had to line up perfectly to get through , I must just be lucky I've been using egg crate for years never had a escapee , all my escapees are usually through my overflow to my sump, Ive seen people using bug netting like what they put over baby carriages . screening works too like said above.
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I have some pretty small fish like a cleaner wrasse, a bar goby, and a couple of others. Additionally, the egg crating that is currently covering the tank is starting to look pretty beat up. I finally have a pretty relaxed weekend and figured I may as well just change it out a bit.
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that screen that was mentioned works great from what I hear , but like I said always used egg crate myself and must have been lucky as nothing ever jumped out. but they do love going for a ride in my overflow lol
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