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Pros and Cons on a lid less aquarium

What are the Pros and Cons of a lid less aquarium? Rimmed just without a lid... I'll ask more questions according to the replies.

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The main pro for me is that I can hang my light higher to decrease intensity. Also, I do not feel like buying a glass top and having to constantly clean it.

One drawback is that fish can jump out. Also, debris, cats, dust, etc. can wind up in the tank.


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fishes jumping out?
evaporation?

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cons:
evap
dust
kamakazi fish

pro:
nothing but water to decrease ligh intensity
looks nicer
dont have to clean the stinkin lid constantly
better air exchange at the surface
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cons:
evap
dust
kamakazi fish

pro:
nothing but water to decrease ligh intensity
looks nicer
dont have to clean the stinkin lid constantly
better air exchange at the surface
+pro:
plants can grow/flower out of tank
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+pro:
plants can grow/flower out of tank
cons:
i never had that happen (yet)
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main draw back for me is the evaporation
here in fla we run the AC most of the time
40B tank drops about an inch every couple days


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Cons: nerites and amanos strike out into the world on their own and the risk of jumping fish

Pros: clean look, air circulation, no cleaning the top

Somewhere in the middle: Acrylic tank with a 2in rim. I have that now and love that it keeps my nerites and amanos in their proper place but I don't have much of a lid to worry about and no fish loss to date from jumping.


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Adding to the list of escapees: snails.

Dried up snail shells littered around the tank is not a pleasant thing to look at. Except if you're into collecting them.

My trumpet snails are notorious for climbing over the rim of the tank and falling, where they will eventuallu dry up.

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main draw back for me is the evaporation
here in fla we run the AC most of the time
40B tank drops about an inch every couple days
Cons:
+1 for evaporation being a con in Florida. I hate it to because I already have liquid rock. Then I have to constantly top off so the hardness only goes up.

Jumping fish although i have been lucky and the only fish I ever had jump was upon introducing him into the tank. He was not liking the water parameters apparently. I made a makeshift lid for the tank for a few days and haven't had an issue since.

Pros:
Feeding fish is easier
Looks
Air Exchange
For some the cooling factor if your room runs a bit hot


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pro: keeps humidity up in winter especially with forced hot air



i have had amanos, and ACF escape with a lid on
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Pros: Just looks more real
Easier maint., & feeding
Fish Suicide Jumpers, eliminates the stupid fish from the gene pool

Cons: Heating, we keep the house pretty cool in winter 60 days if were aren't home.
Up to 68 at night. So the heater works overtime. This year I'm going to cut
a sheet of Lexan to use as lids.
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Every tank I have is lidless. I think they just look much better. If you are keeping your tank water temp in the mid to lower 70's then evaporation shouldn't be too bad but just remember that if you just keep topping it off with tap water you will be slowly raising the hardness and also in most cases, the pH of the water too. To be safe when topping off it is best to use RO or some sort of purified water as this will keep the water chemistry pretty much the same.

Fish can and will jump out some are just more suicidal than others. Since your not injecting co2 you won't have to worry about a mass jump off due to having the co2 concentration too high which does happen from time to time.

Having to constantly clean the glass would be a major turn off to me. If you don't clean it you will end up cutting your light intensity by 50% or more due to all of the build up and deposits left behind.

I say, say no to lids!


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Cons:
Splash screen of the light needs to be cleaned more often unless you're the master of reducing surface agitation.

Injected CO2 gasses out of the tank more easily.

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Since so many claim that one of the cons is fish jumping out - wouldnt it be easy enough to put a screen on the top?

Would be easy to pull off a section for feeding...?
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