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Badfishofbabylon 02-01-2011 05:18 PM

Rimless or Hooded tank
I really like the look of rimless tanks with hanging lights but I don't know anything about them. I looking in to a 100-120 gal. It seem like it would be hard to keep the water clean for stuff falling in. Does anyone have any suggestions and what are some pros and cons

jenatron 02-01-2011 06:22 PM

You could try a custom glass/acrylic top to sit on top, so it wouldn't be too obtrusive. IME, having no lid whatsoever requires very frequent top-offs, as the evaporation is crazy.

mfdrookie516 02-01-2011 07:13 PM

I have no lid on any of my tanks.. no issues with evap, dust, dirt, etc. Makes cleaning and feeding much easier, and just looks better IMO. Glass/plastic lids tend to get foggy after a short time IME

fort384 02-01-2011 07:17 PM

I don't use lids on any of my tanks either, fwiw. Concur with mfd...

mr_X 02-01-2011 07:26 PM

rimless is the way to go if you can afford it!
hang the fixture from the ceiling and go topless. it will look fantastic. yeah, nothing "falls in" unexpectedly, unless your ceiling is falling in on a regular basis!

mfdrookie516 02-01-2011 07:49 PM

It also helps with gas exchange... I had an issue with glass lids on my 150g when I first started it up. The lack of oxygen exchange caused my pH to crash.

Badfishofbabylon 02-01-2011 08:22 PM

I mention like particles in the air, also I have a bull dog who shed little white hairs like crazy so i would worry about white hair all over the tank

Badfishofbabylon 02-01-2011 08:24 PM

What about salt forming on you walls or anything, kind like it does on the inside of glass lids and lights

jenatron 02-01-2011 08:56 PM


Originally Posted by Badfishofbabylon (Post 1209370)
What about salt forming on you walls or anything, kind like it does on the inside of glass lids and lights

I don't know about salt, because I only do freshwater, but I have some sort of.. stuff on my wall behind my open-top tank, lol. I don't personally know what it's from, but it's there.

mr_X 02-02-2011 12:02 AM

i've always had open top tanks, and i've not seen anything out of the ordinary in the way of salt creep all over, except in instances of excessive bubbles or turbulent water flow.

Badfishofbabylon 02-02-2011 12:06 AM

What about the life tank? Do the seems leak easier? And is 90 gal too big for rimless?

mudraker 02-02-2011 12:06 AM

I have two large dogs and five cats, some with long hair, that sleep in the same bedroom as my five tanks, three are topless. There are no issues.

mr_X 02-02-2011 12:07 AM

no, you can get pretty much any size home tank in rimless.

Badfishofbabylon 02-02-2011 12:09 AM

Well I think I'm going to go rimless. Now I just have to decide on what type of lights...

mr_X 02-02-2011 12:13 AM

where are you located? i know a good company that makes tanks to specs.

Badfishofbabylon 02-02-2011 12:16 AM

Michigan, just moved back 2 months ago from Cali. Miss the fish stores out there

mr_X 02-02-2011 12:22 AM

well, then check out glass cages. they are the cheapest, and they are from ohio if i remember correctly.

Badfishofbabylon 02-02-2011 12:38 AM

Yeah thats who I was looking at

cabezon 02-02-2011 12:45 AM

Oh god, here it comes. In our local club mentioning glass cages. Is like putting a tang in a biocube

Badfishofbabylon 02-02-2011 06:48 AM

Why? Are they no good or something?

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