Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
I have the advantage of no kids and a cat that's scared of water to the point that she will not even come near the fish tanks!
I'm definitely going to try the open top with my 55 as I set it up. The idea of a catch net for the tank is cute . . . I'm just not much of a handy person myself. My DIY projects look like pre-school projects . . .
As someone mentioned in the thread, I'm into the "looking down" part of viewing the aquarium. For me, all of my past open tops have been much more "intimate" in terms of relationship. Even if it's topping off the water each day, it just makes me feel more interactive with my tank and its inhabitants. I suppose that's my primary purpose for the open-top.
As for filling it with "non-jumpers," I can't recall looking back on 21 years of fish keeping, any breed of fish I've not discovered (somewhere along the line) on a floor, dead. Maybe I just end up with anxious fish, who knows?
If anybody's found a pic of one of those handy catch net things, I'd love to see it.