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Covered - openings only for wires & tubes 18 39.13%
Partially covered - large opening somewhere 6 13.04%
Open top - everything below rim level 15 32.61%
Open top - hardscape or plants sticking out 7 15.22%
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Old 03-05-2006, 04:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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There is a thread that Cal started asking if people like a cover or not on their tanks. I've always been a believer in a cover with openings only big enough for the necessary wires & tubes. That probably comes from keeping hatchetfish for several years.

Apparently, many (most?) planted tank people prefer the open look. Maybe I'm missing something.

Just curious what everyone out there does.
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Old 03-05-2006, 06:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like to have my tanks covered. I would like the open tank look, but I have too many problems with the tanks covered. I hate it when water evaporates from the tank, and lowering the water level. Covering the tank will help minimize that problem. Secondly, if I don't cover the tank, dust will collect on the surface of the tank, which looks like an oil film on the water surface. Third, I would hate to loose that expensive angelfish. Just a few weeks ago, when I had the tank covered, I heard a loud thump...one of my angelfish was trying to commit suicide. Just my 2 cents… What do you people with open tanks do to prevent the oily film on the water surface?

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I always thought the film was protein from stuff inside the tank. I sometimes get it even with a virtually complete cover.
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From what I understand the surface scum is caused by protein buildup. I use surface skimmers on my tanks to rid them of this problem. Also mollys are great at eating the scum from the surface. When I kept a Molly or two I never had surface scum on my open top tank.

I prefer open top tanks with everything below the surface. However when I have flowering plants I will let them grow outside of the tank, which is very pretty. The only tank I have closed top is my shrimp tank which I had to do because my Green shrimp was committing suicide.



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Right now I have an open top aquarium. I have 2 black mollies and still get the protein buildup. Guess I'll be investing in a skimmer sometime in the near future, or building one myself.
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I have suicidal killifish so my tank is covered. I have a glass canopy with a plastic strip in the back with holes big enough for filters and wires.
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I was reading up on surface scum a while back and it seems to be bacterial colonies floating on the surface; as well a protein build up.
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All of the options apply to at least one of my tanks.
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Interesting. It seems to be almost evenly split between covered and uncovered. What is it about uncovered - apart from the ability to have plants grow up and out of the tank - that appeals to people?
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I like my tank covered because I don't like water evaporation. Having a cover helped keep the heat in so the heater won't have to work so hard. I'm always worried about dropping things in tank especially electrical wires.
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