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Condensation on Glass Lid

I recently set up what will be a low tech planted aquarium. It's a 10 gallon system with an Aquaclear 20 and a 100w heater at this point. My question is that I have a glass lid on the tank and there is condensation on it (albeit, it's not a terrible thing since it reduces evaporation). Anyway, I was wondering if this is going to have a significant impact on light penetration once I have it on the tank?
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I don't think condensation is a huge issue.

It might have some impact on light penetration, but I wouldn't expect it to be overwhelming. Think of it this case. Worst case the entire lid is covered in droplets of water. That means that the light effectively has to penetrate another 0.1" or so of water. That's not a huge deal when the light is penetrating probably 10+" of water anyway. What temperature is your aquarium set for?


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IMHO at least 1” at back of tank should be left open for proper gas exchange.
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Condensation will impact light penetration if it allows algae or calcium deposit on the glass lid. For algae, you can eliminate it if you dose excel or spray with peroxide during water change. If you have hard water and go low tech, you will have calcium deposit and you have to clean it with vinegar periodically. I use CO2 that dissolve calcium so itís not a problem.
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I don't think condensation is a huge issue.

It might have some impact on light penetration, but I wouldn't expect it to be overwhelming. Think of it this case. Worst case the entire lid is covered in droplets of water. That means that the light effectively has to penetrate another 0.1" or so of water. That's not a huge deal when the light is penetrating probably 10+" of water anyway. What temperature is your aquarium set for?
The tank is set to 75 at the moment. Happy to hear the condensation shouldn't be an issue.

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Condensation will impact light penetration if it allows algae or calcium deposit on the glass lid. For algae, you can eliminate it if you dose excel or spray with peroxide during water change. If you have hard water and go low tech, you will have calcium deposit and you have to clean it with vinegar periodically. I use CO2 that dissolve calcium so itís not a problem.
I plan to wipe off the lid weekly during regular maintenance, so I'm hoping that does the trick keeping everything clean.
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