10-22-2012, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by LyzzaRyzz
How do the glass covers work?
I do have one for my ten gallon, but it fits so snug you cant have ay wires coming out of even a filter!
What if i got a 36 inch one? That way i can have a filter at one end, like i do, and a amaller filter on the opposite side..Would that work?
I like the idea though!
Also, can you explain to me why the light being on longer will hurt the plants? Im a newbie with plants, and i just want to understand whats happening..
You can buy glass cover sets for the standard-sized tanks. I have seen them at Petsmart in Canada, but most fish stores will likely have them. Or you can order from online.
They come as 2 (or for a 4-foot tank probably 4) pieces of glass. There are two designs I've seen. (1) The front piece attaches to the rear piece with a strip of hinge so the front can be lifted up to feed. (2) Some units have a set of rails that the glass fits in and the front piece can be pushed back to open for feeeding; the rails or tracks sit on the tank frame lip at either end and a third goes across the centre of the tank from front to back, sitting on the frame lip [if you have this style, make sure the tank is filled with water before cutting this middle strip to fit, if you don't have a permanent brace mid-tank]. I have the latter on my 3 larger tanks, and like this version, but either works. The front piece of glass covers about half the tank front to back, so the light fixture sits over the tank just back of centre.
Along the back of whichever type, there is a strip of plastic that can be cut out for filters, heaters, etc, much like any standard hood. So the glass does not cover the entire surface area. I just did a quick search and first up found this site with a photo that may help explain. This version is the hinged one. Aqueon Versa-Top Hinged Aquarium Cover at PETCO