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plexi cover on my 12g?


joel sandoman

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joel sandoman

If i had a plexiglass cover custom made for my 12g NC would it be beneficial? or would it cause other issues? I guess i wanna know if it's worth it. basically i want to avoid hooking up an ATO. The light comes in on thursday so i want to be prepared.

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travisurfer

don't get plexiglass. it bends downards due to its own weight. i would get glass cut if you go that route but leave the rear chambers open for temp and gas exchange

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fraggle rockette

i kind of have the same question- i want to prevent fish from jumping out and water from evaporating but not at the light quality's expense... pros/cons for lid options for both of us? :D

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travisurfer

i've sort of been experimenting with this and here is what i found:

1) full coverage gives you heat problems

2) plexiglass bends too much

3) do it right the first time and then never worry about it again

 

i got a glass cover for my tank but i will only use half of it

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Of you get one, I'd recommend like said above, you leave the rear chambers uncovered for both heat and gas exchange. A cover over a cube running MH will make the tank hot more than likely. Also perhaps consider getting a couple or few slits cut into the plexi (not sure if you can do that with glass) for additional heat venting...

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The Propagator

Better Evap then high temps and masive lack of gaseous exchange.

Sw needs to "breath" ALOT more than FW.

SW fish tanks...eh ....not nearly as much as a reef but they need to.

Reefs..... Go naked, or home.

 

I seriously wouldnt do it. To much risk of a completely avoidable dsaster.

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