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post #1 of 4 Old 08-07-2010, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice with new 35 gallon

I have just bought a 35 gallon fishtank with a light strip. No hood,filter, or anything. Do i really need a hood? I will still be getting a filter and heater but no hood. And i also have these white blotches on each side of the tank. Is there antyway i can get rid of them safely?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-07-2010, 10:53 PM
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The hood will help slow evaporation some and will more importantly keep fish from jumping out of the tank.For cleaning I just use vinegar and water.Be sure to rinse really well.There are aquarium cleaners available but i've never used them,maybe someone else here has.

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-08-2010, 07:59 AM
agreed =) but if you still don't want the top it's's not a necessary thing like the filter

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post #4 of 4 Old 08-08-2010, 11:09 AM
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As you have the light strip, a plain glass cover will work fine, I have these on my larger tanks. You can buy them for the standard size tanks; the front part slides or hinges (depending upon brand) open for easy feeding, etc. Compared to a full hood they are very inexpensive.

There must be a pane of glass between the light tube and the water. If water should splash on the tube when it is on it may well shatter. Plus the evaporation will rust the ends. Some light strips have a piece of glass included, some are open tubes, so if the latter, a glass cover is needed.

As mentioned, some fish jump; you might be surprised at how many will if the top is open. Plus there is a tremendous amount of water evaporation from a warm tropical tank, and this gets into the walls and ceiling, not a good idea.

Last, there is dust (and other debris) getting into the tank, also best avoided.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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