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    I'm sorry for the loss of your goby.
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    Aw man...that's some bad news to wake up to, for sure. Sorry to hear that, Rebecca. Losing animals we care for is always rough.

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    Thank you all for the condolences. I've been worried about the little guy for a while. As much as I love the clown gobies, I probably will not get another one. They are small, cute and a bit slow and shy. All the other fish I have are quick little piggies. I don't know if he would have fared better if he'd been able to stay in the DT or if I had him separated from the others in the QT.

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    I haven't cut them yet. I was looking at the stuff to make DIY screened lids while I was at Lowe's. I decided to go with acrylic to cut down on evaporation. I'm guessing I should probably go with acrylic for a sump and screen for the DT? I forget about the oxygenation part.

    Quote Originally Posted by mch1984 View Post
    Second, on the acrylic lids. If you are going to keep acrylic for a lid, couple pieces of advice. Make sure you clean it often, when you have coral in the tank when it gets dirty it will impede the light getting into the tank. Also keep your sump open in this case, I know we all want to help prevent evaporation but its a good thing for a reef tank. If you keep the tank trapped up then keep the sump open.

    Have you already cut it? If not can I make another suggestion, if you are still able to return that stuff.

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    I would, my tank has a screen top lid and I have nothing on my sump. One of the biggest advantages of the screen top in my opinion is that it never blocks light. Brs did a test and it showed it reduced par by about 5% if I remember correctly. Plus it doesn't get dirty and influence the light in that way either. I don't mind the evaporation so I don't fight it. What are the dimensions of your tank? And its not a rimless right?

    Again this is just my opinion, there are people that run acrylic/glass lids, I just don't want to have to clean it all it all the time.

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    I won't have ATO for a while, so I'd like to cut down on evaporation (and salt creep) as much as possible until then. The lids are for the 65g. It's 36" x 18", not rimless, and there's a bar across the middle. I don't mind the cleaning as part of regular maintenance, just concerned now about oxygenation. lol I know many in the SW hobby like to be pretty hands off with their tanks, but the regular maintenance routine is part of what I enjoy with fish keeping. I got used to doing it with my FW and brackish tanks and don't know how I'd feel about doing less for my SW tank than I do for my other tanks. But I'm an odd duck, to be sure.

    Do you have trouble with salt creep wanting to cling onto your screens?

    Quote Originally Posted by mch1984 View Post
    I would, my tank has a screen top lid and I have nothing on my sump. One of the biggest advantages of the screen top in my opinion is that it never blocks light. Brs did a test and it showed it reduced par by about 5% if I remember correctly. Plus it doesn't get dirty and influence the light in that way either. I don't mind the evaporation so I don't fight it. What are the dimensions of your tank? And its not a rimless right?

    Again this is just my opinion, there are people that run acrylic/glass lids, I just don't want to have to clean it all it all the time.

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    I get that, and a closed lid is an option, I would just leave the sump open for gas exchange. I did have salt creep issues on my screen until I readjusted one of my power head and little and after that it wasn't a problem. I don't mind daily maintenance either, I just ordered a bunch of trace element additives for my 90, they will be daily adds. Just for some reason cleaning a lid is one of those chores that I just hate. Look at these kits from BRS, they come with everything you need and are easy. I've done two of them now and they are simple. With your center brace I would get the 4' kit, it comes with extra corner pieces and extra frame pieces to make both lids.

    https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/diy-a...4-netting.html

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    Thank you for the link. That helps give me an idea of whether I'll save money buying the DIY supplies at Lowe's or if it's more cost effective to buy the kit online. I'm glad to hear that about the salt creep. If I didn't have small fish I could just cut some eggcrate, easy-peasy, and call it a day. It'd be my luck that the bicolor blenny would manage to jump thru the eggcrate though. Darn fish.

    Quote Originally Posted by mch1984 View Post
    I get that, and a closed lid is an option, I would just leave the sump open for gas exchange. I did have salt creep issues on my screen until I readjusted one of my power head and little and after that it wasn't a problem. I don't mind daily maintenance either, I just ordered a bunch of trace element additives for my 90, they will be daily adds. Just for some reason cleaning a lid is one of those chores that I just hate. Look at these kits from BRS, they come with everything you need and are easy. I've done two of them now and they are simple. With your center brace I would get the 4' kit, it comes with extra corner pieces and extra frame pieces to make both lids.

    https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/diy-a...4-netting.html

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    I personally wouldn't worry. A 5% decrease in light is pretty much imperceptible. At 200 PAR you're still looking at 190 PAR making it through the lid, assuming that the BRS test is accurate and applicable to most lids. I also take the BRS vids with a grain of salt. First and foremost, they are a retail business. They do not sell lids for aquariums but they do sell those insanely overpriced DIY screens, and I suspect that the purpose of their test/vid is to persuade customers into buying their product.

    I personally use a glass lid on the DT and I also have a lid+cling wrap on my sump. We have lots of dogs in our house, and I wanted to keep all the dog fur out as well as reducing the evaporation. I do leave some gaps on the DT for fresh air to get in, and I run a large air stone and air pump in the sump for circulation but it also ensures that fresh air is being pumped into the sump even though there is cling wrap mostly sealing it.

    It's also worth recalling that chaeto and all other forms of algae are photosynthetic and produce oxygen. Having them in your sump/refugium offers increased oxygen levels in addition to their CO2 and NO3/PO4 consumption benefits (another point for hubby in convincing him to move forward with the sump idea).

    Like plants, the algae will reverse the process and consume oxygen and release carbon dioxide at night, but this can be avoided by running your refugium light 24/7 which will help stabilize oxygen, CO2, and pH levels in the tank regardless of the time of day.

    If you have the budget for it, though, by all means invest in a nice screen top and ATO system as Matt has done. My advice is more for those that are like me and have to make do with limited resources haha

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    I had egg crate on my tank for a while, until I bought the stuff for the screen. It really messed with the lights, and I didn't like the way it looked. I sent you the link for 1/4" netting, you can also buy the kit with 1/8" netting if your are worried about it.

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