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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Planted tanks are so much prettier topless

I had my 40B with no lid for a while when I got it started 18 months ago. Quickly I put a top on because I got an adventurous cat around the same time. Well I just took it off to do some rescaping and now I can't put it back on. My koi angel, gorgeous black and yellow and red guppies, honey dwarf gourami, harlenquin rasbora school, green emerald cories and bumble bee goby look so much better with the added light, not to even get started on the plants.

just thought I would share with people who I know appreciate the beauty!

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I agree completely. Even switching from the stock black plastic hood to a flat glass top is a huge improvement. My 29 gallon is topless right now but I'm keeping the 10 gallon with the flat glass because bettas tend to be jumpers lol.

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My kitty eko is getting locked outta the bedroom for a few days at least
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I have to watch humidity where I live otherwise mold can become an issue - so I can't go topless.
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I love the topless look as well, but I keep many fish that like to jump. Glass tops are a happy medium, but not as nice as completely topless.
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Topless.
Natural selection(jumpers).
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Pro topless!

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Topless.
Natural selection(jumpers).
Quite the opposite actually.

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Topless.
Natural selection(jumpers).
I thought the same thing until my daughter got old enough to start naming the fish... now if I lose one she gets extremely upset, so I had to invest in some lids.
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post #10 of 45 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 04:33 AM
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Re: Planted tanks are so much prettier topless

Glass top for me, have an adventurous cat that would be at least swimming with the fishes if not trying to go fishing without the tops. Although it was funny when I was tearing down the tank from a saltwater to convert it over to a freshwater. I had most of the water drained but hadn't removed the substrate. The tops where off and the cat jumped up and into the tank. He definitely was in a hurry to get back out again. Definitely would not want him doing that with the tank full of water.

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Topless is the way to go!
the water evaporates a lot quicker..but it is much sexier
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Evaporation is one thing...but more importantly things jump out of, and fall into, uncovered tanks.

Topless can be beautiful, but due to four young grandkids ages 2-9 my preference is to keep a lid on it!

Guess it all depends on lifestyle and circumstance. Evaluate yours before you go topless...

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Yep - tops were invented for a reason!
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I winter my koi in a 72 bowfront. I moved them to an open 50gal large bucket to make room for 300 angel fry. 2 days later one of my 7 year old koi had committed suicide by leaping to his flip flop death on the laundry room floor.

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I go everywhere topless.

Oh wait wrong thread.....

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