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Should I go topless?....

Whats everyones opinion on topless aquariums? Im kind of partial to the look...is there anything i should know about before i go for it?

P.S. no one would ever want to see me topless...
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fish can jump out, your house will be a little more humid, and it will need top offs more often

I prefer it just because I stick my arms in my tanks so often.

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I also enjoy the look and ease of accessibility of a topless tank, but what can get OUT isn't the only thing to be concerned with. More care should also be taken with what can get IN, including other pets and harmful household products sprayed near the aquarium, such as Windex.
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Go topless man.. More top offs but the good outweighs the bad definitely.
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Something else to keep in mind...your tank heater will have to work harder to maintain temperatures with the top off, vs on, resulting in a higher electric bill.

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Throw caution to the wind, pull it off. I enjoy floaters and being able to stick my arms into the tank easily. (ie. play in the water)

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I wanted to use metal halide and open top with remote ballasts mean no heat build up.

I enjoy the floaters, viewing the fish from above and the humidity as we are in arid southern California. In the nearly ten years this tank has been up I have had far fewer colds and allergy problems.

My tank also has an overflow going to a sump so there is never any scummy surface gunk. I don't think I would like my tank without some sort of skimmer.
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i would go topless if i had the choice, it looks so clean.
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In the nearly ten years this tank has been up I have had far fewer colds and allergy problems.
+1 the humidity helps keep the dust down. its especially helpfull if you have forced air heating. i'm planing on putting a small tank in my bedroom just to help keep the humidity level up. (pending girlfriend aproval)
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i would go topless if i had the choice, it looks so clean.
What is preventing you from having the choice??


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sealed top aquapod...
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I dont have a top on my 55 gallon but I throw two towels over the top of my lighting setup (which is resting on the tank itself. So it has a "top" but mainly to keep the A/C from blowing across the water and cooling it too much.

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