Thoughts on glass tops and return pumps
What is everyone's thoughs on glass tops for your reef tanks? I currently have my tank open top, with an open top canopy. I am finding my canopy more and more difficult to use, and am probably going to remove it for the time being.
That said, I will need a top for the tank for possible future jumpers, and to control airborne stuff getting in the tank (I have a cat with lots of fur, lol).
I am considering a glass top, mostly to help with evaporation, as I don't have an ato, and I am currently topping off twice a day, which is a PITA. Will this greatly affect air exchange to the point where it is not doable? I have a koralia nano pointed upward which creates a good amount of surface aggitation. Not sure wheather I should go with egg crate or mesh top if I dont go with glass, I want something that does it's job, but also looks semi decent, since I will be losing my pretty finished canopy look.
Also, I want to get a return pump to pump the water from the bucket up to the tank during my water changes. Lifting these buckets is doing wonders on my back, ugh.
Tank stands at about 51 inches tall from the floor, so I need something that will pump that high, but just enough to do the job. That is the only purpose this pump with serve. Ideas, suggestions? I would like to get it ordered today in hopes of having it by the weekend.
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