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Jasey 01-17-2008 04:12 PM

Lid Query
 
I was wondering what exactly constitutes a proper lid for an aquarium.
My 5 gallon didn't come with a lid, so I measured and made a flexible plastic cover from a Bath&Body Works Robe box (a clear plastic gift box). I cut a space in the back for the box-filter to fit and also a space for the heater cable. This prevents much evaporation but also provides space for oxygen to flow in/out.
My small 2.5 gallon (that is not set up), however, comes with a glass lid that covers the entire top of the tank.

Should the lid leave an open space for oxygen flow? Or if there is a hood/lid that covers the tank completely, would you get enough air exchange from just opening it everyday to feed the fish?

herefishy 01-18-2008 12:16 AM

Many of my rearing tanks have a piece of plexiglass 1/8"-3/16" thick. I made them from scrap pieces. Really low-dough. But, they work and that's all that matters.

Jasey 01-18-2008 10:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by herefishy
Many of my rearing tanks have a piece of plexiglass 1/8"-3/16" thick. I made them from scrap pieces. Really low-dough. But, they work and that's all that matters.

That's neat - thanks for the reply. Does the plexiglass cover the whole top of the aquarium? Is there a hole for the filter or heater cables/air tubes?

Cody 01-18-2008 10:34 PM

Re: Lid Query
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jasey
I was wondering what exactly constitutes a proper lid for an aquarium.
My 5 gallon didn't come with a lid, so I measured and made a flexible plastic cover from a Bath&Body Works Robe box (a clear plastic gift box). I cut a space in the back for the box-filter to fit and also a space for the heater cable. This prevents much evaporation but also provides space for oxygen to flow in/out.
My small 2.5 gallon (that is not set up), however, comes with a glass lid that covers the entire top of the tank.

Should the lid leave an open space for oxygen flow? Or if there is a hood/lid that covers the tank completely, would you get enough air exchange from just opening it everyday to feed the fish?

Maybe you could drill some small holes in the top of the tank. I don't know if the glass would crack, but I am sure that some holes can supply enough oxygen, as well as opening and closing the tank when you need to.

herefishy 01-19-2008 12:16 AM

I clipped the corners to allow for air lines. That's about it.


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