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Do you have a cover/hood?

Wonder if I really need one?

I doubt my cats would try to jump in. I guess they would only once if they did!
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The cats will try to reach in and catch the fish when you're not around. The cover also helps keep evaporation at bay and jumpers in. I use AGA glass top for mine also known as Vera top. Also if your light isn't very securely attached the cats will knock it into the water.

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To see old responses search the forum. It's been discussed many times here.

But I do use covers whenever possible. The tanks in the fish house are for the most part uncovered right now and the humidity is way too high and mold is a threat. Plus they reduce evaporation and prevent foreign objects from entering the tank.

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ok, that answers that! thanks
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If you have cats, probably best to have one.

Without cats, it depends on the species in your tank. Species prone to jumping (like some kinds of tetras, shrimp, and others) definitely benefit from a lid. If your species aren't prone to jumping, and you don't mind the evaporative loss, I think it looks better without a cover.


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That hinge strip down the middle gets in the way of light at times so I get two pieces of glass cut so that they fit on that bottom part of the rim just like the store bought kind.
I gat then a total of three inches short of the full length. On one end is a gap for heater and air line. The other gap is for feeding etc. Two pieces make me feel less like I'm going to break one getting it out/off the tank. Since I have 10g tanks I use 1/8" glass for it.

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I ordered a perfecto hood, I hope it works ok. I'd worry about the betta jumping out if he ends up in there, I used to have one who was apparently suicidal, but I always managed to find him in time.
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I find that almost all fish can be spooked to the point that they may jump. It is not in the genes to worry about whether they will come back down in water.
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I ordered a perfecto hood, I hope it works ok. I'd worry about the betta jumping out if he ends up in there, I used to have one who was apparently suicidal, but I always managed to find him in time.
Bettas jump. It's their natural instinct, trying to find the next puddle like they do in the wild. You definitely want a covered tank with a betta.

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I find that almost all fish can be spooked to the point that they may jump. It is not in the genes to worry about whether they will come back down in water.
Yes, absolutely, BUT Neons, for instance, spend most of their time near the bottom of the tank, while golden white clouds tend to spend most of the time near the surface (just as two examples). Any wagers on which one you're more likely to find on the floor in the morning, in an uncovered tank?


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lol, the neons?
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I kept a top on my tank for years, but I accidentally got a glass top that didn't fit for my latest one. I love being able to look down into the tank properly. Evaporation is a nuisance though.
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Our tank goes topless, just the way it should be
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I just put on a Versa glass lid ($24 on Amazon) and I'm happy with it. The fitment is what I expected and it works. So I can't really complain. Looks nice and I am hoping it keeps the evaporation down and keeps things from falling in the tank.


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Glass tops. Helps to cut down on evaporation here in Colorado.
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I have cats, so yes, definitely covered with glass lids. My cats aren't so much interested in the fish, but using the aquarium as a point from which to jump onto our entertainment center

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