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Old 04-23-2013, 04:11 PM   #111 
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What do you guys do about the opening in the top? i am sorely tempted by the V, but I have had a recent "out of tank experience" with one of mine, and I now am a firm believer in tops at all times.
I got some craft mesh and line the lid.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:14 PM   #112 
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I have dwarf water lettuce floating which takes up most of the gap. Not sure if it would keep in a determined jumper but it does take up the space. If the water level is high enough I can a put them right in the opening and they re contained there by the lid.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:18 AM   #113 
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I have dwarf water lettuce floating which takes up most of the gap. Not sure if it would keep in a determined jumper but it does take up the space. If the water level is high enough I can a put them right in the opening and they re contained there by the lid.
If your water level is so high that the floaters are contained in the open lid space, you should check your filter chamber and make sure you aren't overflowing from the sponge side into the pump chamber at the top. If you are, you are NOT being filtered, you're just creating flow.

As far as a lid or covering goes, a sheet of glass over the hole would be best. It can just sit there if you don't have children or animals that will knock it loose. Make sure edges aren't sharp! Some silicone, sandpaper, or masking tape will help with that, depending on your preference. Craft mesh, etc, will block the light, but clean glass will be fine.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:55 AM   #114 
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If your water level is so high that the floaters are contained in the open lid space, you should check your filter chamber and make sure you aren't overflowing from the sponge side into the pump chamber at the top. If you are, you are NOT being filtered, you're just creating flow.

As far as a lid or covering goes, a sheet of glass over the hole would be best. It can just sit there if you don't have children or animals that will knock it loose. Make sure edges aren't sharp! Some silicone, sandpaper, or masking tape will help with that, depending on your preference. Craft mesh, etc, will block the light, but clean glass will be fine.
Actually, I used the polyester mesh that they use for ballerina tutu or Holy Communion veil, or wedding veil, for my covering. i picked the ones with the largest holes. and they do not affect my lighting. I picked white color and used the green ones to wrap my java moss onto a rock.

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Thanks! It is just low enough that the tops of the leaves are contained, but the water is not too high to spill over chambers :)
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:22 AM   #116 
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post some pic guys! I'm getting bored of my tank, I need new ideas. lol
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:43 PM   #117 
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Actually, I used the polyester mesh that they use for ballerina tutu or Holy Communion veil, or wedding veil, for my covering. i picked the ones with the largest holes. and they do not affect my lighting. I picked white color and used the green ones to wrap my java moss onto a rock.
Ah!!! When you said craft mesh, I immediately thought of the stuff everyone uses for dividers.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #118 
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Ah!!! When you said craft mesh, I immediately thought of the stuff everyone uses for dividers.
sorry, i guess mine it's not called craft mesh then. yes, it a polyester fabric with holes, kind of like a butterfly net fabric
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I wish I still lived in the states
Was forced to buy my Fluval Spec here
And then I hear you guys are getting it for $63, I just want to take a small trip to usa and steal all your guys' everything!

Recently modified my Fluval Spec V.
I'll post pics up soon! :)
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I wish I still lived in the states
Was forced to buy my Fluval Spec here
And then I hear you guys are getting it for $63, I just want to take a small trip to usa and steal all your guys' everything!

Recently modified my Fluval Spec V.
I'll post pics up soon! :)
WHOA! $139.97?! Is that in US or Canadian dollars? You should definitely take a short trip to the US and stock up on fish supplies. Can't you buy from Petco, Amazon and other online stores and have it shipped to you in Canada for cheaper?
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