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Hello- Currently I have a 60 gal cube That came with no canopy- So I put a piece of 1" thick acrylic on top and set the coralife pc light fixture on top of that- My Question is - I think the light may not go through the acrylic well enough or might weaken the spectrum? Also it may have heat issues? What do you think?
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1" thick? That is really thick acrylic. I wouldn't worry about heat. While Acrylic will block UV rays, it's crystal clear so don't worry about light blockage.

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Yeah- at one time we had a 20 gallon sitting on top with fire belley toads in it so I needed something stong enough to hold the 20 but had to be clear to sit the light on it to light the tank,But the frogs have been moved so I am contemplating cutting the acrylic some and buying the mounts for the light and putting the wifes "stuff" on the front piece of acrylic so she will be happy.I think it would be better lighting that way.
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I personally like open tops myself. Evaporation is natures way of dealing with heat (I have no heat issues with 250 watts over my 58). Down side of open tops is occasional suisides (once and a while will find a crispy fish/shrimp on the floor by the tank) That said, it has been months since my last jumper.

imho I think open tops are safer. I think that there is an increased risk of corrosion and endcap arcing in tanks with canopies - but that is my own untested theory. On the other hand, canopies probably allow you to have more surface turbulance w/o wasting co2 than open tops do.
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of course that might be a safty feature agains o/d of co2 as well.

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I like open tops in theory, but with a busy socializing almost 5 year old and his neighborhood friends in and out of the house, I would worry about somebody (not my kid) being tempted to see how cool it looks when you put juice, pretzels, etc in the tank. Just one impulsive moment could be disastrous.

Little kids and open tops don't mix IMO, or maybe I'm just not brave enough to try it. My current setup would require numerous steps for any kid to get the top of the tank open (would have to remove a 24" inch light strip, then slide the glass top open a bit, then grab the edge and lift it up).

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The wife's daughter is staying with us (semi-permanently)and has a 2 year old boy-I am terrified about my tanks (my wife thinks they are hers,but I do all the work-she just stares at them and complains when something doesn't look right) grumble, I have watched that 2 year old go over to the couch and elaborately stack up pillows to stand on them to reach to get something..... What to do ?
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The wife's daughter is staying with us (semi-permanently)and has a 2 year old boy-I am terrified about my tanks (my wife thinks they are hers,but I do all the work-she just stares at them and complains when something doesn't look right) grumble, I have watched that 2 year old go over to the couch and elaborately stack up pillows to stand on them to reach to get something..... What to do ?
Two year olds are adorable, but a good aquarium.....well.....you know. (I'm well past the age when I can expect to have to make this choice, but my youngest grandson is only 9 months old, so my opinion is facing a really hard challenge next year!)

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let me know if you cringe when he walks up to it and puts his hands on it.... the thoughts that go through my head are... Is he pushing on it? how much force on the side of the glass (it's 3/8") would it take to cave it in?oh great now I have to get up and get the windex AGAIN,no don't reach up to the top and try to do a pull-up. Holy Shhhht I need a beer now!
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