Finnex Planted+ thoughts on open top or canopy - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
jmeeter's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Silverdale, WA
Posts: 164
Finnex Planted+ thoughts on open top or canopy

I'm loving the Finnex Planted+ and my plants are SUPER healthy... But I'm not so crazy about the way it looks on top of my tank. What do you guys think about "open top" tanks?

My 29g high tech aquarium
jmeeter is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 12:00 AM
Wannabe Guru
Nlewis's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Northern Va
Posts: 1,640
All 5 of my tanks are open top. I think it's just easier to have an open top and there's one less thing to keep clean.

Just a noob

My 40b Journal
Nlewis is online now  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 12:25 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
Turningdizzy's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: NE Texas
Posts: 373
Finnex Warranty RequestsOpen top is great. I agree with one less thing to clean. However, open top will allow moisture to wick into your light fixture and void the warranty if the light goes down. This is especially true if you run airstones or the filter output to ripple the surface. A tiny micro bubble is harmless when it pops, but 25 billion of them popping over time will eventually take its' toll. If you are past the warranty period then the above link is irrelevant but you will still face a replacement in the future sometime. Water makes mountains into boulders, boulders into rocks, rocks into pebbles, pebbles into sand, etc. It will also mank up the surface mount components on your light fixture. A few other things about the canopy, it helps with temperature control, keeps evaporation down, keeps jumpers in the tank, and probably helps with the control of airborne nuisances. Just my 2 bits worth, since 2 cents is worthless nowadays.
Turningdizzy is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 01:44 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
rebelbuck1993's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: titusville Florida
Posts: 520
i personally prefer the open tank look on tall or bigger tanks EX, my 75 gallon tank rim sits 56.5" off the ground so i don't see the light reflecting into my eyes or guests eyes as they walk by. also my planted plus has been running strong on a open top with the water a little to low(splashing water on cover) for almost 8 months with no problem just wipe the cover dry every so often to keep water marks off of it.

75g journey , Eheim 460L , 33g retired
rebelbuck1993 is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2016, 03:37 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
AbbeysDad's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central New York, USA
Posts: 590
Just my dimes worth but I think having a glass canopy over the water has too many benefits to ignore even though it's something that requires cleaning here and there...

-> Reduces evaporation and the need to top off with RO/distilled or other water.
-> Prevents losing any potential jumpers.
-> Protects expensive lighting components.

Besides, <rhetorical> are you really too lazy to clean some glass once a week? <snicker>

Btw Admin, 'Algae Grower' under my handle!?!?! I represent that (In my best Norm Crosby)

Tank On, Mike-
60g Marineland Community, Finnex Planted+ 24/7, Silica (pool filter) sand.
Tank Journal

Last edited by AbbeysDad; 05-03-2016 at 03:49 PM. Reason: post script
AbbeysDad is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome