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bigfish93 03-10-2012 10:08 PM

Who has open top tanks?
As the title asks, who keeps their tanks open? I just want to get an idea of how popular it is to run an open top tank. I love the look of them and I am considering not putting a lid on mine.

Reefing Madness 03-10-2012 10:11 PM

I ran a 125g and now a 240g without lids on either one.

Tazman 03-10-2012 10:14 PM

New 29g tank with no top on it.

bigfish93 03-10-2012 11:06 PM

Ok. The only reason I asked is because it seems like every fish I read about requires a lid on the tank. I am assuming these are just precautions that should be taken for every fish. I would hate to come home and always find my live stock on the floor.

kangy 03-11-2012 12:55 AM

I'm running my 40g Breeder open top right now. Partly for aesthetics, partly for purpose. My tank was getting HOT during the day with my 6 bulb tek light, even at it's tallest setting. Would swing from 77 to 82 through the day and was starting to stay between 80-82 since the glass lid was keeping in the heat. After removing the cover the temp stays between 77-79. I do lose a bit more due to evaporation though but keep a 5g jug with fresh RO/DI in the stand, go through a few gallons a week on top off. At the end of it though I personally prefer the naked top :-)

Reefing Madness 03-11-2012 05:44 PM

Some fish are more prone to jumping out than others.

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