Am I better off without glass covers?
I justed started using the glass covers that I had cut to size to allow room for canister hosing and the fact my hob is on the side, its an hos.
I have injected co2 and from what I read covers stop some of the loss due to mixing with o2. Obviously it helps with evaporation and jumpers too. Only lost one lf zebra danio a few months ago during an escape attempt.
I noticed it is not as bright in the aquarium as before. I am working with 2 watts/gallon on my 75g, and not even sure if its that because my odyssea t5 may not put out the rated amount because of cheaper ballasts etc. So I can't afford to lose much light. I do plan to buy an additional light in the future, but I'm still in debt over everything I've done so far.
I have been researching and have conflicting thoughts. Some say you lose very little 5%, some say more including all UVB rays(I don't know how important UVB is in freshwater plants). Some say they never use them, some say use with no problems.
Also the glass is green from the side, so it's the typical iron content one, which diminishes more light.
Does the blockage of light outway the benefits to evaporation, and or co2 preservation using glass covers?