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Old 12-31-2012, 03:10 PM   #1 
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Question No hood!

Im getting a 5 gallon tank to house my betta but it has no hood! Should i put less water or do i really need to find something to cover it?
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:13 PM   #2 
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You could use saran wrap. And yes, you should cover it because betta could jump up to 2-3 inches. better save than sorry
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:21 PM   #3 
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Saran wrap works but make sure to leave a little strip/area some where that air can get in so they can breathe.

If it's a standard rectangular 5 gallon you can buy a glass top for cheap at petco, petsmart, or pretty much anywhere. http://www.petco.com/product/107312/...ium-Cover.aspx
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:32 PM   #4 
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I dont know how well saran wrap would hold up stretched over 5 heated gallons.....no sure it would even adhere to the aquarium sides. Even if it did work.....burning Saran Wrap , like Teflon, releases fumes. Not that yours would be burning, but it would be heating up...and I am pretty sure heated plastic, BPA free or not, isnt good for any living creature.
It may sound odd, but as a temp solution maybe you could take a broiler pan, one of the 2 parters that you bake on, and place the perforated plate over top of the tank. May not be pretty, but it would be secure and provide air.
Just a thought.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:33 PM   #5 
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Or even a mesh splatter guard like for sauce pans. They come in various sizes and can be found at the Dollar Tree
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:34 PM   #6 
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But you put saran wrap in the microwave so shouldn't it work? I never tried it myself. But i don't think a heater would crate that much heat for the saran to burn. As the other member said, leave some air so their would be no accumulated "fume"
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:14 PM   #7 
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I have a little bowl and I use the toe cut off of a pair of fishnet tights leftover from Halloween to cover it. Maybe you could cut a section of the thigh of a pair of large women's tights/fishnets & then cut a slit so that it is a rectangle and then just tape it/adhere it in place? then you get the safety of a lid, but still have free air circulation AND you can feed through it (well, if you use fishnets like I did you can).
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:53 PM   #8 
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Covers for a standard sized five gallon are pretty cheap and easy to find. Also, many members here use Saran Wrap to lock in moisture and humidity for sick fish to help the labyrinth organ and have never had an issue, but personally I wouldn't look at Saran Wrap as a permanent solution..
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:17 PM   #9 
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well fine, i think i'll go look if they have a hood at my lps tomorrow before putting in my betta
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:22 PM   #10 
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Also you can buy cheap mesh at a hardwear store and make a custom frame that fits snug into your tank with the same dividers used to make the cheaper tank dividers as well. I had one for my tank and never had issues with it.
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