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Old 02-05-2005, 11:50 PM   #1
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Aquarium Hoods....Eggcrate? Standard???whats best? Any pics?

Just wondering what eggcrate looks like on a tank? anyone have pics?
Also whats best? Having your tank covered with a stock hood, or with an aftermarket PC setup with legs and the rest open?

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Old 02-05-2005, 11:52 PM   #2
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check my gallery i have a tank with egg crate
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Old 02-06-2005, 12:05 AM   #3
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I can't see why (IMO) anyone would cover up there tank with a hood. First of all I love the top view of my tank. Second of all I think that your tank should be exposed to as much fresh air as possible, it's only natural. I have used egg crate in the past to keep jumpers in, but now I just have the lights on some legs and thats it. Go natural!
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Old 02-06-2005, 12:38 AM   #4
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I use a hood for evaporation control, temperature control, splash and salt creep reduction, keeping critters in, but mostly for keeping non aquarium things out (I have toddlers).

But then, I run fish only, and have nowhere near a "natural" setup.
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Old 02-06-2005, 01:19 AM   #5
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Temperature control? Doesn't it keeps things hotter in the summer. Tanks are easy to keep warm, but the prices on those chillers....whoa!
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I originally kept a glass lid on the tank. I had problems keeping my pH up and it was suggested here to remove the lid to get better oxygen exchange. I put my light on legs and have had a stable pH ever since. I think that my salt creep is less without the lid.
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A question for all you topless people...No problems with fish jumping out? I am pondering this dilemma as well. Going to upgrade to Coralife PC lighting this week and wondered if egg crate or glass top was better....Now I wonder if I should just go topless....
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I have been going topless since I restarted my tank a couple of years ago. I have never lost a fish to jumping, however, I tend to avoid wrasses and firefish in my topless tank. The light penetration without a hood is soooo much better. My corals love it.
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Yeah, I had eggcrate when I had my firefish but since he moved on I have been topless. I would say it's the way to go, like I said, the view from above is awesome, I'd hate to have to lose that. I have to believe that those with hoods are increasing their temp by a ton, I had a hood on a 20 gal awhile years ago and had 100 watts of lighting on top and everytime I opened it it was like a sauna in there. Hot moist air just poured out. IMO the more evaporation due to open air the better, it's a good oportunity to get plenty of fresh water in there every day. Go Topless!
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Do you put the egg crate under your lights? doesnt that cut off a lot of light?
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