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Old 05-02-2012, 08:18 PM   #1 
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Pros and cons of a lidless tank?

I have a 55 gallon tank with light, filter and heater but i would like to know the pros and cons of not having a lid (hood) on the tank. Do i need to get one or i'll be ok without one?
Fish jumping out won't be an issue because the water is 3 inches below the top of the tank.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:27 PM   #2 
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CONS:

drafts coming in, and if you have certain fish they like their air a little humid which a lid will trap

Dust and other crud ends up on top xD It's gross lol

PROS: if you go to clean it won't be in the way?


... ... ... Can I ask what kind of light you have that does not need a hood? o_o
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:36 PM   #3 
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I can't really think of Pros/Cons to NOT having a lid, but rather more Pros to HAVING a lid.

- Less chance of something accidentally falling into the tank.
- Less water lost to evaporation.

May I ask if there's a particular reason why you don't want to put a cover on the tank? (Just curious.)
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:40 PM   #4 
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On having a lid:

Pros: Keeps out dust and other pollutants, keeps out drafts that lower water temperature, keeps out things that might accidentally fall, stops fish from jumping out

Cons: Some make feeding hard
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:40 PM   #5 
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There's really no pros of not having a lid.

Cons:
- Betta jumping out (usually causes death).
- Things falling in, which will cause a mess and probably need a major cleaning.
- More water evaporation, which is annoying to refill the tank with water, more than needed.
- No lights, you'll need an attachable light, or a lamp, etc.

Yeah, there's no pros to not having a lid.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:41 PM   #6 
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Yeah I have a good that's feeding thinger is only 4 inches wide. And I have that tank divided x.x It IS a pain.

So there's a con xD get a slidey hood... or a full length opening one
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:46 PM   #7 
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Cool

Well, I have seen some of the hoodless aquariums online, so I can see the draw. They have the feel of a fish pond with no cover.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:56 PM   #8 
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To get the same effect, you can go with a glass cover. :) Especially since it sounds like you have just a light strip for lighting. All the beauty of a lidless tank with the safety and anti evaporation of a lid! (I have a glass cover and it's great. Except for my floating betta log being pushed further under water, I have no cons.)
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:04 PM   #9 
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Agreed! I have one...that...doesn't fit my 80... so I'm going to stick it on my 20 long or 40 =D I like the look of it.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #10 
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bettas are jumpers. :I really good jumpers. even with a lid, some wiggle their way out and end up as fish jerky.

more water evaporates.

dust and junk gets on top of the water(i have that issue in two of my kritter keepers)
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