Holiday Time - Open Top tank?

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by Nano Jake, 5 Aug 2009.

  1. Nano Jake

    Nano Jake Member

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    I'm going away soon for two weeks and as I have an open top tank I am a bit worried about the water level dropping.

    I was thinking about using cling film? or going to B&Q for some perspex to lay on top - would this help?

    Any holiday tips??

    Jake.
     
  2. GreenNeedle

    GreenNeedle Member

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  3. jonny_ftm

    jonny_ftm Member

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    I use a plexiglas top, it helps a great

    The best thing would be someone to level your aquarium. Another alternative is a level controller with automatic refill
     
  4. Nano Jake

    Nano Jake Member

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    The plexiglas idea sounds best, Does it have to cover the entire top? by that i mean do i need to drill holes for the lilly pipe etc.
     
  5. Simon D

    Simon D Member

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    There's no need to ensure it's a real tight fit.

    I got an off-cut from my local glaziers for a couple of quid (don't buy full sheets from DIY stores as they can be very expensive).

    Score it both sides to required size with a sharp craft knife (using a straight edge) then just snap the waste off. You can round corners using a file if necessary and either file away access areas for equipment or cut and snap them off.

    I have gaps around inlet/outlet piping but this does not reduce the effectiveness of reducing water loss to virtually zero. I have them on two tanks permamently and have drilled and fitted a small drawer handle to make it easy to lift the cover from the front .

    Glaziers usually supply this material for shed windows etc...
     
  6. jonny_ftm

    jonny_ftm Member

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    Yes, it's important to keep some openings for gas exchange
     
  7. dkm

    dkm Member

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    Being from a marine background myself I always used a auto top up. I will be using one permanently on my planted discus tank too (when my tank finally arrives!).

    Not cheap but Tunze make a good auto top up:

    http://www.tunze.com/149.html?&L=1&C=GB ... zeprod_pi1[predid]=-infoxunter036

    Osmolator Universal. Great kit but not cheap!

    Just my opinion though.

    Dave
     

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