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Tank cover or not?

Wondering what would be better. It seems like no glass cover would allow much better light penetration. Glass is a natural filter of sorts I believe. I've seen light setups with legs to elevate it a few inches above the tank top. Would this allow to much CO2 to escape? Appreciate any input.
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I use a glass cover, keeps the jumpers in and cuts down on evaporation. I not sure if it cuts down on the light (if it's clean). I'm just thinking of my friend that put new windows in his house and lay one of the windows on the lawn for a couple of minutes before he installed it. The next day there was a big brown spot that was a perfect image of the window. So if the glass intensified the heat it would have to also intensify the light?

I've had no problems, but you do need to keep it clean. I clean mine with CLR to get rid of calcium deposits and windex to clear the streaks. I know most don't use these kind of cleaners around their tanks, I just make sure I don't use enough that it might go under the plastic hinges and then drip into the tank later.


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If you go the no glass lid route, I think you might regret it. A lot of people do that, but your fish will have a tendency to make themselves into dried up fish jerky. Also, you will get more evaporation than you expect. You will have to top that thing off at least every couple of days in addition to your regular cycling. As someone who has had to reduce my lighting because of algae problems, I think you get plenty of light through the glass lid.
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I have a topless tank and I have a covered tank.

I much prefer the topless. I like how you can decorate the tank with emersed pieces of driftwood or even have plants growing right out of the water. I find that I tinker with the topless one much more because it's so much easier to work on. I don't even have a light in my way since it's attached to the underside of a cabinet about 7 inches above the tank.

The topless, rimless tank has such a clean look to it. When you can look right down into the water it gives you a whole new viewing dimension and makes monitoring my white cloud babies much easier.
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I have the 75 topless and the 29 with glass cover...

I by far like the topless better...it has a better apeal...IMO has better light penetration....and you can aquascape and do maintainance without trouble...

As far is evaporation goes....thats why you got a phyton


I have a glass top on the 29...but im planning to go topless on that as well...
infact last week...my Power compact lighting cracked my glass cover due to the heat....

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I have a topless 55 gallon. I have the glass top but I don't use it. It much easier to work around the tank with out it. One less thing to clean.
But, the water evaps much quicker. I have to top off maybe a half gallon every 2 days.
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And you guys don't have problems with fish jerky? I always worry that one of my prize fishies will decide to see what is in the other stream and end up on the carpet. I have rainbows and they like to jump. The guppies are all chanting, "JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP!!!" and the rainbows are like "I'M GONNA DO IT MAN, I SWEAR!!!! GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD!!!" and then plop.
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I run a 60 acrilic "topless" (don't cover access holes so ~30% covered) under the canopy. I find covers to be a pain to work around as I am in my tank quite a bit. I have only had problems with amanos and 2 SAE's jumping. The rainbows are happy at midlevel (I have some plants at the surface so they might feel safe?) I have splashed water (or touched) lit NO bulbs with no problem. If you have ODNO or MH I would worry a bit more about splashing.

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I removed my glass cover a while back due to temp issues. I went with the eggcrate cover to help limit fish jerky...though I did rescue a golden dojo loach that somehow fit through a square about the size of his body. Luckily, I found him in time.

I do have evap issues, but if I change my water weekly, the level usually stays hidden by my black top edging. If I miss my water change, the water level reminds me every night of the following weeks what a bad, bad planted tank owner I've been .
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With my collection of pencilfish, a glass top is a MUST!

I don't like fish jerky! Beef jerky..yes! Fish jerky...no!

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Its kind of nice to just dip your hand in there whenever you want or need to scrape some algae or trim a plant. I have a new water change tank nearby so every day or two I pour a half a gallon in to keep it near the top. So that is too easy. I'm going to go topless on a new 90G tank. If a few fish vacate, I'll replace them. If it starts becoming a problem, I might get some tops later. But I'm pretty sure I prefer topless. At least that is my current feeling after having done both on my little 26 bow.





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