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    I notice that some aquarium setups, such a Red Sea, do not have covers. How do you prevent fish from jumping out without a cover?

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    There is quite a few ways.
    One is to use plastic mesh like a fly screen material that you use around windows to stop flies entering your house.

    Other ways is to make a diy glass hoods/covers. Or other forms of diy tops such as higher sides that go up over the high of the lights and then a basic roof constructed over that.

    I personally would not do a tank with out a glass hood. The minimal percentage of light lost penetrating the glass is so minimal. Just as long as their is enough air holes/gaps to allow air exchange into the tank.

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    Many marine set ups have open tops. My 65-gal reef tank has been uncovered for years; I've never had a jumper but I don't have marine species which are prone to jump.

    My royal gramma, for example, which I've had for 11 years now, is actually very hesitant to go anywhere near the surface, preferring to stay within 'dart-range' of the live rock.

    My azure damsels dwell at all levels of this tank to include right at the waterline and are very keen at snagging food at the surface and have yet to jump (I've had them for 11 years as well). With an open top I was actually more concerned with my nerite snails climbing out, since they would occasionally maneuver above the waterline within the tank.

    About 10 years ago I had to extract an overly-aggressive two-stripe damsel (despite it's small size compared to the other fish) from this tank and moved it to a covered (and much shallower) 20gal. It somehow jumped out of that tank to its doom through a gap near the HOB filter.

    Some marine fish, however, are prone/very-prone to jump (jawfish, some wrasses, anthias, etc), and with those some sort of cover (mesh, glass, eggcrate, etc) would be highly-recommended.
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    What about evaporation?

    SW evaps just as FW does.
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    To counter the effects of evaporation I utilize an auto-top off (ATO) system.
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    Thanks everybody for your responses.

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