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Does anyone use Glass Tops on their tanks?
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I use them on all of my tanks except for an older flat front and back hex. That's only because I couldn't find one and haven't had one made.

In summary, I like them.


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I like them as well.. sometimes a PITA to clean, but much more attractive and easier to fiddle with than their plastic counterparts. I had a lid cut a few days ago for a 40 to open left to right instead of the traditional front opening lid.
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my tank is open with no top. I like the easy access. If I had to use a top i would use a glass one though.
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I have 6 glass pc's that I can take apart and put back together, I broke one I mainly use them to stop Giant Danio's from jumping of of the tank. Also to keep the bubbles from jumping up on to the light shield.

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i don't use them at all. glass tops lower par, and keep the tank warmer than i would like.

i have found my plants grow faar better without the top

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I was using a glass top for a while. But after fiddling around with hanging my lights, I really enjoy the open top aspect of it. It's another angle to view my tank from, that I couldn't when I had the top on.

No real pros or cons for me. More evaporation? Most likely, but keeps me on my toes. I'll definitely avoid fish that like to jump tho!
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I was using a glass top for a while. But after fiddling around with hanging my lights, I really enjoy the open top aspect of it. It's another angle to view my tank from, that I couldn't when I had the top on.

No real pros or cons for me. More evaporation? Most likely, but keeps me on my toes. I'll definitely avoid fish that like to jump tho!
The one tank that I have without the top evaporates way more than mine with the tops but I'm sure it affects my lights.


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My biggest problem with no top is evaporation, BIG TIME. I live in a pretty dry apartment building, and my tank water can evaporate as much as 1cm a day. This is during winter!
Definite downside is the amount of light blocked out, but that can be compensated for. I'd rather not have the evaporation. Makes maintaining parameters easier.
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i had glass tops but stop using them because i was told they reduce par.now a couple years ltr i realize i had to much light anyways and the glass tops prob wouldn't have mattered in that aspect anyways.they did reduce water evaporation,fish jumps and they help keep your fixture clean.also when you have little kids that like to throw stuff in your tank it'll help that too.As someone else said the look of the tank without the lids is different which i like.i do weekly water changes so evaporation really isn't a prob. i do keep co2 running 24/7 and i was scared that with glass tops the co2 may build up to much and not enough gas exchange for oxygen to get back in the tank.tho while i had them (for a short time before removing them)this wasn't the case.in short if you like them use them,and if you like the look without don't.
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I was using a glass top for a while. But after fiddling around with hanging my lights, I really enjoy the open top aspect of it. It's another angle to view my tank from, that I couldn't when I had the top on.

No real pros or cons for me. More evaporation? Most likely, but keeps me on my toes. I'll definitely avoid fish that like to jump tho!

The one tank that I have without the top evaporates way more than mine with the tops but I'm sure it affects my lights.


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Yea, I meant I lose way more water without the top. I dont mind topping off tho.


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