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Old 01/18/2020, 03:40 PM   #1
PENNYWISE
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Does my tank need a top?

Anyone run a tank with no cover? Just open water? Any things I should consider? I can never get the shadow of the seam that runs down the middle to be at the right spot. Without the cover the light from my LEDs look amazing.


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Old 01/18/2020, 04:21 PM   #2
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Do you have fish or are you going to have fish? Do you mind periodically finding one of the fish, maybe that $200 tang, one the floor.

If so, yes a top. All fish jump as so will at times be on the floor with no top.


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Old 01/18/2020, 05:05 PM   #3
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Screen top is what you need.


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Old 01/18/2020, 05:55 PM   #4
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I’ll vote for a screen top as well. Blocks minimal light, allows for great oxygen exchange, and can be DIY’d easily and inexpensively.

Why wouldn’t you???


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Old 01/19/2020, 12:49 PM   #5
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I have mangroves in my display tank,so a little hard for them to grow with a top on.Havent had a problem with jumping fish,but i make it a point not to purchase those prone to jumping.


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Old 01/20/2020, 07:35 AM   #6
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I have glass tops. You can remove the hinge part and then just lift the front panel out of the way or slide it back on top of the other panel. I think it's actually easier to use with a light resting on top of the tank, then using the hinges. And there isn't a shadow from it either. Greatly reduces evaporation. I use some craft tool plastic mesh at the back of the tank so no gas exchange issues either.


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Old 01/20/2020, 12:00 PM   #7
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My tank is 7ftx6ft (LxW) so there’s not covers on it and I’m not really sure how I would cover it. I don’t have any prone jumpers but all fish can jump out of your tank. It’s a calculated risk


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Old 01/20/2020, 12:03 PM   #8
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Dmorty,
I can offer a suggestion if you are interested.


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Old 01/21/2020, 06:35 AM   #9
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One of the biggest complaints about AI or Radion LEDS is the spot lighting effect you get. By using glass tops they become a diffuser and the lighting of your tank equals out. I picked up 6 used AI lights and I already had 4 build my led lights


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