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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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tank lids and covers ?

Just a quick question. Should planted tanks have covers ?

My tank has been running for about a month now. I have a corallife 96W PC bulb raised 2 inches from the top of the tank. So its about 4 or 5 inches from the water. Should my tank have a glass lid .. I have not had on on it so far.
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Depends who you ask.

As for me, I would say yes. And I would say that for several reasons. 1. It will greatly reduce evaporation. 2. It will keep your fish (and shrimp) where they belong. 3. It will prevent your light from accidentally falling into the tank and getting fried. Not to mention you void any warranty on a light by not using a glass top. I've always used glass tops and will continue to do so, despite the fact that they certainly block a small portion of light and they don't look quite right to some people. And others will disagree for these and other reasons.

In short, make your own decision.
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what about the tempature of the tank. Does it raise it a few deg with the lid on ?
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Hmm.... I guess it probably would a bit, but I don't think it would be anything to worry about. A 96W PC isn't exactly going to cook your fish. Not like a metal halide could. I've got 130 Watts of PCs over my covered tank, and the heater has to run almost as much during the day as the night.

I'm pretty sure that the only people who need to worry about keeping their tanks cool enough are the reefers with tons of pumps and MHs.
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I never noticed any temp. difference, it should work more like insulation keeping the temp. from fluctuating. Although it is covered with water droplets every morning and evaporation does cool water.


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I wanted to go without a top and was planning on it til I read SAEs (Siamese Algae Eaters) will jump out of a tank. And Amano Shrimp will split in a heart beat if something threatens them. So I ordered some glass covers on my new tank. I may still yank them as I like the freedom without them, though you have to top off every day or two. bob





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