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Old 04-04-2013, 01:53 PM   #11
 
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Neither of my tanks have lids, although my 35 does have the glass section for the light (though I have the light raised with two glass cups under it so my floaters don't burn...). I have noticed about an inch of evaporation per week, but sometimes less depending on how humid it is here. I haven't noticed much of a temperature difference, but our house temperature is probably much higher than yours and closer to my tanks.

The main problem I have is the cats, quite honestly. My female cat has jumped INTO the tank (that's like 4 and a half feet off the floor) twice. Like just straight up and into it.

I've never had a fish jump, even with the cats occasionally batting at the tank. The only time I had a jumper was when I was trying to catch the Gourami -____-
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:02 PM   #12
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how close to the top do you bring your water? i just go a lil above the black trim. they fit ok. i didnt know they dont like getting wet!
Until recently I kept the water within a 1/16" from the top of the glass which leaves about 1/4" to the glass top from the water. I've lowered it to just above the black trim now. I'm going to try the DWL anyway as I am not one to take advice from only one source (yah, sometimes even if confirmed i will still try things out myself anyway... LEDs don't work for plants for example) and I think the wet water lettuce issue may have just been from the store manager.

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Old 04-04-2013, 02:08 PM   #13
 
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I have regular water lettuce and I can honestly say it HATES to get wet. It's like as soon as a leaf goes under water for a few seconds it turns yellow and dies. It's constantly putting off new leaves and babies though. I think you may be safer with DWL, always worth a try though :)
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:24 PM   #14
 
im with ya jeff ill give everything a try i want to know for my own experience not just hearsay!
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:09 PM   #15
 
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as some of you know I rock the lidless tank and have been doing so for the past 2 months or so. I do get evaporation but it really depends how much furnace is on. (has a austomatic humidifier/dehumidifier) at most I see about maybe a inch or two a week by which times its ready for a w/c anyways ( I do weekly w/c) whiel my ph does flux its at most by .5 or less by the end of the week so its a change the fish can tolerate since its so gradual. cant tell u how my hardness changes since I don't have a test for that yet.... but just thought id chime on this
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #16
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Here's one example of a lidless thank that I really liked... if only...

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #17
 
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eh, more power to ya, that look is a bit too extreme for me personally. but if that's what floats your boat =D
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:06 AM   #18
 
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What about fish loss when I broke part of my glass top and had to replace the glass I lost 2 fish from jumping one was a queen loach that are rare around here call me paranoid but that would be my biggest fear it took a few weeks to get a new one I even put a lattice plastic piece over should have adapted a screen and one got through
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:18 AM   #19
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If I were to do an open tank it would only ever be to accommodate plants growing tall enough to clear the glass and they would likely be plants at the rear so I could just cut the plastic to allow them to poke through... Although a fully open with lots of plants would just mean a lower water level to prevent jumpers from getting out... or a plant only tank with snails and perhaps shrimp and the like.

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