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Old 05-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #1
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DIY Glass Top vs Mesh Top

I have a standard 29gal SW tank. I would like to build a top to prevent any jumpers from getting out. I have lighting that is supported by braces on the tank.

Can someone point out the benefits of having a glass top vs. mesh top?

I heard the main difference is glass helps prevent evaporation, is this true? Is there a significant difference?

Anyone have recommendations on good pre-built glass tops?
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Gas diffusion is usually the first thing thrown out to why not to use glass tops. I have a feeling that depending on the set up it is likely a way oversold concept and often doesn't have much impact when using open sumps, wet dry filter,s etc....

A nice screen top will virtually disappear where a glass top is more prominent, in my opinion. I think the screen is easier to keep clean and like the fact you can just pour water into the tank for top offs. A quick rinse in the shower and a shake and the screen is ready to go.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:23 PM   #3
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Gas diffusion is usually the first thing thrown out to why not to use glass tops. I have a feeling that depending on the set up it is likely a way oversold concept and often doesn't have much impact when using open sumps, wet dry filter,s etc....

A nice screen top will virtually disappear where a glass top is more prominent, in my opinion. I think the screen is easier to keep clean and like the fact you can just pour water into the tank for top offs. A quick rinse in the shower and a shake and the screen is ready to go.
Cool, sounds like screen is the way to go.
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Metal or plastic are you thinking
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Metal or plastic are you thinking
I ordered clear plastic with 1/4" holes from bulkreefsupply.com. It was probably overpriced but seems to be good quality.
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That clear works fine. Have used it for some time now.
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I was thinking sw and metal=no metal just rust
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