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Open air or glass versa tops?

I was thinking about discontinuing use of my glass versa tops so I can use a different set of mounting legs with my coralife fixture. Not to mention it would be easier maintaining the tank and dosing.

I would like to know what everyones preference is towards this?

Also will I encounter problems with my fish jumping out?

I have:
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Tiger barbs
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plecos
Balloon body rams

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Only fish i would worry bout jumping out is the barbs, the rest are fairly slow swimmers and crappy jumpers lol.

I perfer my versa tops because i hate evaporation so it keeps it at a min,

Should be ok if your water quality is fine
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I don't think I would be too concerned with evaporation. I am more worried about losing fish.

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i have an open top, only my ruby blk barb ha jumped out twice..lol , luckily i was always there when he did
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There's always going to be a chance of jumping fish without a top. I haven't lost any that way yet, one is an angel, another a pleco (he almost flew out the other day when he got spooked and shot across the tank). I'm working on making a top for it due to the crazy amount of evaporation that tank has.


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I run open top on mine. I've only ever lost a yoyo loach and some ghost shrimp
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I have crazy australian rainbows in my tank, but it is open top. So far so good. I also have the Coralife compact flourescent fixture on legs and it was warming up the tank too much over the glass, so I just took the glass out.

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Anybody had a problem with snails and having an open top?

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The snails just stay up top under the rim when they want to be somewhere dry. They never go higher or they'll die off from excessive dryness.

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I've had a snail end up on the floor. It was dry and stuck to the floor when I got home. I put it back in the tank as a just in case, and it lived and is doing fine. I think the danger with snails is that they can crack a shell, they seem to be able to make it out of the water for a while.
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Well that depends on the kind of snails too...

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Never had any problems with open tops. All 3 tanks are open and if i ever had any fish or snails hop out im sure the cat would find them before i do. She always sits and watches them from above.

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I myself actually will be setting up something like this to prevent jumpers -- and I really don't like the glass tops.

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that crate lid is pretty cool...we have SAE's and Hatchets, both are jumpers, and I think the Amano's can 'snap' out easy too, so we have to have something on top....been thinking about those velcro mesh tops like for a lizard cage but they don't make them in a bowfront design, so I'd have to get out the sewing machine, instead I just have wire mesh folded ugly over the top since its summer and too hot to have the glass on (even w/ the house AC)

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I have a T5 fixture hung from the ceiling so it's open top. While keeping reef fish, I only had a blenny jump out. Was my favorite fish, unfortunately though. Now I have freshwater fish in there again but I don't think it'll be a trouble. My tank is 24" high though, so most of the fish won't be spending their time in the upper regions of the tank.

You could build a 4" glass wall to surround the top of the tank. That supposedly helps a great deal for the casual jumpers. Won't keep a hatchet fish or the likes in, but most other fish would probably be good.
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