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Do you use glass canopy?

Setting up new tank should I have glass canopy on it? I also have full size oak canopy that will sit on top. Might light rests above the top on the stand so I assume better to have the glass canopy as well?

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Do you use glass canopy?

It depends on what sort of lighting you have. Many lights need to be shielded from the water.


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It depends on what sort of lighting you have. Many lights need to be shielded from the water.


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Do you use glass canopy?

I do, because it keeps the fish and moisture in the tank, bulbs and reflectors clean, and electrical stuff dry.

Actually for larger tanks I use acrylic "canopies" integrated into the hood. A 30x70" sheet of glass is just too heavy/prone to breaking.


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Do you use glass canopy?

I do also, but may switch to netting once I switch to LED lights
The netting would be for jumpers


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even though the lights i have are shielded, i do use a glass canopy on my 36 gallon bow front. basically to help cut down on evaporation.
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I like glass tops over hoods, mostly because they're easier to clean IMO. Also keeps your fish in the tank, an added bonus

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I just have a custom canopy over my 26g bowfront. I don't have any issues with fish jumping or excessive evaporation. I do weekly water changes anyways so the little that is lost each week is replaced.
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There are advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your lighting and your summer room temp an enclosed top and add unwanted heat to your tank.


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I have cats so glass canopies are a necessity to keep the felines from having fish snacks. They also do cut down on quite a bit of evaporation.
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A glass canopy came with my tank, so yes I do use one. I had a 25 gallon with no top and water evaporation used to drive me crazy.
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i do not use a canopy under my lights because they block out PAR. of my 6 tanks only one has a canopy. its my killifish tank, and the only reason it has one is because my cats like to play with the floating plants. but that canopy rests on top of my lights so it does not block PAR

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