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Old 02-04-2007, 05:33 AM   #1
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Jumping fish


I was wondering how those of you with open top tanks keep the fish that jump in. I was thinking about eggcrates to help keep them in, but it seems like it would block off some of the much needed light. Plus I would like to get some pretty small fish, so they might be able to easily get through.
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Old 02-04-2007, 07:06 AM   #2
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I'm thinking that if you have fish that jump, then don't have your tank open! :-D.

And I think eggcrates would work for bigger fish, and do you know if your small fish will jump? Are you just assuming?
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Old 02-04-2007, 07:53 AM   #3
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I dont have any fish in the tank right now. The tank is currently cycling. I was thinking of getting clown killifish, and I have read somewhere that they are known to jump.
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:47 AM   #4
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I always have my community tank open. No jumping fish so far. Unless I have hatchetfish.
I had shrimps last year and neither did they try to escape despite the fact that some people keep warning me they'll jump.
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Old 02-04-2007, 03:01 PM   #5
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I use eggcrate, it works well for larger fish and does not significantly reduce light levels. I have great growth and color with many higher light plants, ie.: Pogostemon stellatus 'Broad Leaf', Limnophila aromatica and Ludwigia sp. 'Guinea' (75g @ 192w).

I did still loose several skittish Danio choprae to jumping. I don't think the Danios liked being in with my spastic Congo tetras. The Congos go into overdrive when competing during breeding (almost daily); and they're twice as bad at dinnertime! I never lost any Hengel's rasboras to jumping though, so it definately depends on the fish as well.
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Hmm i don't have any suggestions but i use a glass cover on my tanks and even though i did 1 of my fish jumped out from a small gap but i was there to put it back in its tank. Some fish get scared Very easily but i have no experience with Killifish
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Old 02-04-2007, 03:38 PM   #7
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I dont have any fish in the tank right now. The tank is currently cycling. I was thinking of getting clown killifish, and I have read somewhere that they are known to jump.
I think this Killi is a top dweller and will jump. I tried the Golden Wonder for a while and lost all three over a period of time. Saved one once but the second time I didn't see/hear it.

There are a couple of methods to make them more comfortable and the best is using floating plants. Issue with this is the rest of the tank is a low light situation.

Egg Crate will work for smaller fish most of the time giving them something to bounce against and back into the tank. Probably 80% effective.

No matter what you do aside from a full cover and back shield will 100% prevent jumpers.

For the most part avoid top water fish and haven't tried Congo's for the same reason. Still want some Congo's though. I may have to try the egg crate method someday.

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