To cover or not to cover

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  1. Titleist

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    I am in the process of designing my new reef tank and would like to get the views of MASA members. What do you prefer; an open top or a canopy for your tank?
     
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    Glass cover - both tanks
     
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    I prefer open top.. not sure why tho.. maybe because I don't own any expensive carpet surfers.. if I did I would probably put a cover. glass cover over your tank like @DeanT suggested will probably also reduce evaporation
     
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    depends on what you want to keep. for SPS a lid would get salty or cloudy reducing the light intensity. If lighting is not crucial, pop a lid on.
     
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    personally i dont cover the top so that i get maximum light penetration but would cover the sump to reduce evapuration into a closed cabinet where electrical components are housed..

    but not covering a tank does come with risks like fish jumping, this can be eliminated by adding a mesh to the tank

    at the end of the day a uncovered tank is usually a rimless system which is designed to portray a simplistic effect ..

    lighting etc will all play a role in how effectivley the design is implements and portrayed...
     
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    covering the tank would also impact gas exchanges a lot. Even if you have an enclosed cabinet for the sump area. Smothering your system.

    Dirty sliders also impact light penetration.

    LEDs also gets mounted higher than T5 units. So the canopy if you have one tends to be tall. That already helps with some carpet surfers.
     
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    Rimless, hood-less is awesome for looks and heat dissipation - but I've lost a few snails that climbed over the edge and 2 fish in the 4 months tanks been running
     
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