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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Lights with lid

Last night I had to make a lid for my tank. I added fiddler crabs to eat some algae.

I made the lid out of thin plexiglass. Since I put on the lid the tank doesn't seem as bright as it did without it. Which would make sense. My question is will this effect the tank that much?

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not in my opinion as long as it is kept clean

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It won't effect the tank as much as those dead crabs will if you don't take them out when they die.

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I have custom plexiglass lids for all my tanks and it doesn't effect plant growth much if at all so you'll be fine. Be sure to keep your water level down at least a few inches and add driftwood, rock, or something the crabs can climb on to get air as they are not 100% aquatic.

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I have a piece of driftwood sticking out which the crabs find there way on. They also seen to like to sit on leafs on top of the water.

I figure in a few weeks when the algae goes away I would remove them and give them to the fish store I buy my reef stuff. They sell the fiddler crabs and store them in brackish water.

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I have a polycarbinate hood (simular to plexiglass) I bought the material at homedepo and my husband cut it to fit the tanks and let plumbing/heater in, it has had no noticeable effect on light getting into the tanks, and the plants have not shown any sign of light deficiency, actually had to raise the light on the 10 gallon since the lid was better than the old stock hood cover.

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