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Top Glass? Yes or no

Ive been keeping a high tech planted aquarium for over 10 years.

I would like peoples opinion on having no glass, some glass, fully covered top glass...

I have found no glass great but I have lost a few jumpy fish.

I like having some glass, meaning glass around the edges of the top only. Im thinking of having a custom piece of glass made that perfectly fits around the top edges of my tank and nicely fits around hardware....

With a tank fully covered I've always had temperature flux issues.

What do you like?

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I love the look of open top tanks but all of mine i keep covered. I dont like having to deal with the evaporation and the possibility of jumpers. Usually when my tanks are covered the temp remains more constant than if they are uncovered.


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Ive been keeping a high tech planted aquarium for over 10 years.

I would like peoples opinion on having no glass, some glass, fully covered top glass...

I have found no glass great but I have lost a few jumpy fish.

I like having some glass, meaning glass around the edges of the top only. Im thinking of having a custom piece of glass made that perfectly fits around the top edges of my tank and nicely fits around hardware....

With a tank fully covered I've always had temperature flux issues.

What do you like?
Oh god no, no glass at -all. I have a tank with glass around around the edge and a hole in the middle. It annoys the heck out of me personally. . With open tops i do have the very very occasional suicidal jumper but that's about the only downside.
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I think glass round the edge. I have partially covered tanks and I think they work the best!
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Oh god no, no glass at -all. I have a tank with glass around around the edge and a hole in the middle. It annoys the heck out of me personally. . With open tops i do have the very very occasional suicidal jumper but that's about the only downside.
I know what you mean, but I was thinking custom glass in different sections allowing me to use a small handle to remove parts when I need to work on the tank.

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co2 system, dosing dry ferts 2-3 times a week, Eheim 2213, Eheim 2215 running through co2 reactor
aquarium plants.com co2 system, 10 young Indian flasher barbs (Rosline sharks)
20 cardinals
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Personally I have had both open and covered tanks. I really prefer the opened tank, however I chose to keep my tank covered with a glass top. With all the work involved in getting nice healthy fish introduced to your aquarium I hate to lose a jumper!!! Also, the tempeture is regulated and less evaporation. I will admitt a part if this is because my wife gets freaked out about fish flapping around on the floor when I'm at work
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I know what you mean, but I was thinking custom glass in different sections allowing me to use a small handle to remove parts when I need to work on the tank.
That could work . I have no experience with those, just the fixed place ones i found annoying - if it was sliding though it would solve all my problems.
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Read through this thread since it's about the same topic. BTW search function is invaluable.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=562962

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