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Old 07-29-2009, 09:37 AM   #1
 
Glass or Acrylic?

I have a 90 gallon Oceanic tank and I need to purchase covers the water. Any recommendations as to which to use, glass or acrylic?
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:44 AM   #2
 
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I personally don't use a lid at all on my aquarium. Those lids just trap heat in the tank. IMO leaving the tank lid off leaves a greater surface area for evaporation; a natural cooling process.

If you absolutely have to have a lid on top of your tank, use acrylic. It's easier to cut, and less likely to break. And if it does break, it isn't as likely to cut you.
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:57 AM   #3
 
I just got the 48" Nova Extreme Pro, its states that its not meant to be used over an open tank...Did I misunderstand?
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:14 AM   #4
 
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No, you didn't misunderstand. I have the same light, in 72". I have used both the 72" version and the 36" version over an open tank. I think that for insurance/warranty reasons, they state this in the instructions. I have personally had no problem with keeping this light over an open tank.
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:20 AM   #5
 
Awesome! I was trying to figure out what it used wattage wise per day, 8 hrs due to having a Crocea clam and read that, so I thought it was must...Will pass on covering it up....Thanks for the Feedback...:)
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:55 PM   #6
 
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good thread, thanks for the info
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