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Glass cover or not?

For those of you using a high tech tank, do you guys have glass top on your tank? Or do you leave it open?

I have my 20 gallon long high tank. At the moment, I took off the top. Should I keep it that way or should I put it back on?

Does the cover make any difference in keeping CO2 that I am pumping into the air?
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For those of you using a high tech tank, do you guys have glass top on your tank? Or do you leave it open?

I keep mine open top

I have my 20 gallon long high tank. At the moment, I took off the top. Should I keep it that way or should I put it back on?

Do you value fish/shrimp lives? If so, keep it on. If you don't mind loosing a couple every now and then, keep it off.
Do you enjoy cleaning glass? If yuo do, leave it on and clean regularly. If you don't like cleaning glass, keep the top off.


Does the cover make any difference in keeping CO2 that I am pumping into the air?

No, no measurable difference.
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In my experiences, the cover helps with evaporation somewhat, but not seen any appreciable difference in the co2 usage.
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Huge difference with evaporation. Aside from fish jumping that is my biggest issue with open top tanks. Also humidity will rise like crazy in the room if it is small and you have several open top tanks so you may want to crack a window open or have some other sort of ventilation.


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Every tank I do is open top. With typical schooling tetras, otos, shrimp I’ve had no jumpers if the water level is kept at least 1” from the rim.


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I would only do a glass top or mesh top if I had jumpers. I don't see any other reason that I would choose to use one. Less evaporation may seem like another positive but maintaining the tank is so much more challenging that it wouldn't be enough for me.

I have found that if I am using a canister filter, I don't really want a more efficient system as the limit between acceptable CO2 and too much is pretty close. With HOB filters, I find that line to be much bigger. Similarly, I feel that outside of initial cost, CO2 is a pretty cheap part of the hobby. The longer the CO2 lasts, the less likely I am to stay on top of checking it regularly as well.

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I like the open top style, evaporation can be handled with top offs. But some fishes are notorious jumpers (read that Boraras brigittae do jump) so keeping these tanks closed. Clear acrylic sheets can be cut to size and used as well.
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As much as I love an open top tank! I love my fish! Especially ones that are not too common! I use chicken mesh wire and mold it to my tank. Hope that helps!
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As much as I love an open top tank! I love my fish! Especially ones that are not too common! I use chicken mesh wire and mold it to my tank. Hope that helps!
Can you share a pic of the setup. I want to see the impact on the look of the setup.

Bump: Is any body using cling film to cover the top? I have tried this on a tank with a trim and its not bad at all...
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Maybe a silly noob question, but... why would using a glass lid make maintenance much more difficult? You can always just take it off (or flip a hinge) to get inside the tank. Especially having hard water, I like to keep evaporation to a minimum, and wiping off condensation now and again seems like a small price to pay.
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Maybe a silly noob question, but... why would using a glass lid make maintenance much more difficult? You can always just take it off (or flip a hinge) to get inside the tank. Especially having hard water, I like to keep evaporation to a minimum, and wiping off condensation now and again seems like a small price to pay.
I think it’s just that some or most are lazy to take off the cover! I find it a hassle just open the cover to feed! Lol
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As much as I love an open top tank! I love my fish! Especially ones that are not too common! I use chicken mesh wire and mold it to my tank. Hope that helps!
Can you share a pic of the setup. I want to see the impact on the look of the setup.

Bump: Is any body using cling film to cover the top? I have tried this on a tank with a trim and its not bad at all...
Not much to look at! I have gotten used to the cover and know that my fish are safe inside their home! It’s a pain to mold or fit the mesh on the top especially when you have cut out areas for equipment. But I am contempt!
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Thank you everyone for your information. For the time being, I will keep them open. I am aware of the evaporation part. Thats not too much of a big deal for me. My main point was any effect on my CO2. Since there are not much, its not a big deal then.

At the moment, the tank has just some snails that found their way in my tank. When I do add some critters in it, I will give the glass top a more closer look.
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Something about an open top adds another dimension to the tank as u can easily look in from above. Nothing is easier to maintain, etc especially if the light is raised off the tank. ADA and all the other companies going to rimless realize this.


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I never noticed any plant growth difference open or closed. I kept mine closed for fish reasons. RIP Flipper. Also kept evaporation very low. I’ve now made a canopy and am dealing with evaporation but keeps the fishes where they ought to be
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