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Using a glass top...

I am setting up a 65g tank. This is my first tank and I have a question about glass tops. I see many planted tanks with open tops. I am concerned about the safety with a tank that's open. I have a canopy so my kids and cat can't get into the tank but the lights I have sit on the tank and I'm worried that they might fall in if I don't use a glass top. I will have about 2wpg on this tank and am worried that the glass top will make that too little light. (I'm trying for low tech but don't want the tank to be too dark.) Can I use a glass top if I keep it very clean or is it just not a good idea? If I use it, should I get more lighting?
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a glass top will decrease your light availability to your plants but in such a small amout it wont matter. if the top gives you a peice of mind i say go for it!
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My cats loved getting on top of the aquarium. They would sit on top of the light bar. They are wayyyyy too fat to be doing that however. The plastic started cracking, but nobody ever fell in. I tried double sided tape on top of it, and all that did was make it ugly and overheat, it didn't deter the cat... I didn't use a glass top on this tank..

I did some measurements with my light meter for you. I took a kinda dirty glass panel and stuck it between my light and my meter. It reduced light by 10%. I got it wet, and it reduced light by about 20%. It did spike up to 50% briefly. I have another glass top that is heavily etched from sitting on a tank for 3 years, and I got pretty similar results. I think most glass reduces light by about 5%...

I think it would be fine.


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Just keep it clean and try not to scratch it up with the fixture on it.

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You can get some cheap screen material and make a cover. You can just anchor it with some acrylic sheeting or velcro.

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