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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-19-2012, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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Cover or Not to Cover

Okay, my tank is now about 5 weeks old and other then some algae, all is well.

I've had tanks before (marine and plastic plants) all covered. I've seen pics of tanks on this site, many not covered.

I've had one fish jump out and I seem to fight evaporation at a half gallon a day (60g tank).

I curious what you are doing - covered or uncovered, and why?

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I cover to keep the condensation off of my lights.

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I cover to keep the fish in and the drunk roommates/friends out!


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40b uncovered, and I like it that way. Easier to control temperature, no hard water stained cover glass, and floating plants like it more. I do use about half a gallon of top off water a day, but .. that's ok!






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Covered. Saves on evaporation and keeps some furry friends away from the scaled friends.
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Open on my 57g. I have Manzanita wood poking out (with an emersed growing European frogbit on top of it) and lots of floaters. Also, it's a rimless tank and looks really nice that way.


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This is a big topic of debate for me, at least. My reef is uncovered because the overflow wasn't exactly keeping up with the return pump, just enough to get the glass covers wet. My cichlid 29g is covered, and it has saved me from ludicrous amounts of evaporation. My 20 long tank is uncovered because I don't have a cover for it. I'm gonna get some cholla wood (big piece) for the cichlid tank, and if it is taller than the tank, I'll just have to leave it uncovered and cover the shrimp tank.

The open-topped look is gorgeous, but evaporation sucks.


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I have cats. Also, I've had enough suicidal/curious/adventurous fish over the years that I just don't want to come home to dried fish chips... if I get home before the cats get them anyway.
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I prefer uncovered. I like being able to just stick my hands in the tank, do what I want to do, then wash and be done. Lifting a top isn't hard, of course, but seeing the tank wide open makes it seem more inviting. And if the tank is unheated or you have the filter outflow low enough, you don't have to top off the tank that much.

If I'm worried about fish jumping, I glue strips of plastic canvas around the rim of the tank to make a fish fence. Ugly, but effective.

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i prefer no cover. but theres more benefits having a cover. such as no deadfish on the floor. keeps in heat thus saves on electricity from heater being on less. or kids/animals from throwing things in etc...
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Do you have fish that are known to jump?
Will you be around to top off the tank more often due to evaporation?
Can your heater keep up with no cover?
Any other pets in the house, such as cats that like to mess with the tank?

#2 and #4 keep me from taking off the cover.
I travel a lot for work, and my wife would kill me if she had to top off the tank every couple of days.
She also wouldn't like the cat going for a swim, and neither would I!
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On my 65g, I am not covered. I do have a canopy to help hide my lights. I use to have glass covers but the constant cleaning of them was a pain. I would rather top off about 2 gal a week then always clean the glass lid. The canopy seems to catch my fish, cause I have not had any deaths as of yet (knock on wood).
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I keep my tank covered to keep my fish inside it, same as I keep my yard fenced to keep my dogs inside it.
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One thing to mention is that a glass cover will reduce light penetration to your plants.

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One thing to mention is that a glass cover will reduce light penetration to your plants.
I was wondering about that and thought the same thing. We work so hard to get our lights right, I don't know that I want to cover for this reason alone.

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40b uncovered, and I like it that way. Easier to control temperature, no hard water stained cover glass, and floating plants like it more. I do use about half a gallon of top off water a day, but .. that's ok!






I like floaters. Super simple. Is that Ricia I see in your tank? I just bought a little bit to see what happens...

*60g
*Substrate = 50% Florite sand 50% regular Florite
*Lighting 108W of a 216W T5HO Aquatic Life hood 25" from substrate 8.5 hours daily.
*Amarath Redroot, Waterhyssop, Brazilian Pennywort, Water Wisteria, Jungle Val, Moss Ball, Riccia, Nana, Java Lace, Cryptocoryne, Pigmy Chain Sword.
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