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Tank Dividers from light covers...

I cut a divider from one of the florescent egg crate light covers you get at home depot for my 55 to split it for two pairs of angelfish. It is in there really tight- I had to really force it in. This morning both pairs are on the right side! How the heck did they get over? What in the world am I doing wrong? They are adult fish, so I know they didn't swim through the holes- so somewhere at the edges there must be a gap big enough for hem to swim through- which I still can't believe.

Its tough because it is hard to break all the little bars at the same place- some snap right off flush at the corner, some snap in the middle. I could break off all the loose ends to make it flush, but then it would definitely be too short- the tank doesn't divide in perfectly to the squares in the grate. I know they didn't go over or under, or through- any tips?

I also am afraid that they will hurt themselves on sharp edges if they get spooked and try to force themselves through again-

Any ides on putting an edge on it to fit against the glass? Maybe I can take a piece of tubing and cut it long way, and push the edge into the cut ... Any other ideas out there? I wonder if I could create a frame and sew net across it instead? What could I make the frame out of that would be rigid and fish tank safe? I think I would rather find a way to dull the edges of the one I have already...
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How do you know they didn't go over it?

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Make a "flap" all around the edges with the more flexible craft mesh that they sell at hobby stores.

You can hold it onto your egg crate light diffusor with zip ties. Put flaps on either side of the egg crate to prevent the fish from scratching themselves on the sharp edges. Like this:



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In case you're curious, these are pictures from one of my club members of a serilite breeding tub for smaller fish, so they dont' get the fish eggs on the bottom. I think the idea would work well for you too though - especially if you put the flaps on both sides of the egg crate.



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Thanks Jenn, I bet if I put it on both sides it would work.

TINNGG, I am pretty sure they didn't go over. Becasue if the drift wood placement in the tank the divider is just a bit off center, but only about 1/2 inch clearance between that and the 1" wide center brace, and the top of the divider comes about 1/2 inch over the waterline. That would be a big jump for both of them to make. Not only that, but the light rests on top of the tank, so there is very little room where they could make it without hitting equipment, HOB outflow or light fixture. These are really big fish, there is so little room for error I can't believe they both could have made the jump in the middle of the night. They're not trained dolphins- just Angelfish! If one ended up on the floor I would buy it, but I just don't see it.
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Craft mesh along the top will help "just in case".

Haha, trained dolphins... What's that angel? Timmy fell in a well? Oh wait... silly fish... you just want fed again dontcha? Little pirahnna...


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Somthing that I've done in the past is take a piece of clear vinyl tubing (1/2" or so) and make a slit down the length of the tube. This allows for the vinyl tubing to be fitted over the side of the eggcrate and hold the piece in place against the glass. It also protects you and the inhabitants from sharp edges.

Also, I've found that a good pair of wire cutters give the best control when cutting eggcrate (scissors are the worst).

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When I got home Stumps and Grandson were back on thier side, so I thought they might just be visiting the neighbors, but an hour later- there she was again, in the neighbors house. I happened ot have the tubing already on hand so I went that route- we'll see how it goes...
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Somthing that I've done in the past is take a piece of clear vinyl tubing (1/2" or so) and make a slit down the length of the tube. This allows for the vinyl tubing to be fitted over the side of the eggcrate and hold the piece in place against the glass. It also protects you and the inhabitants from sharp edges.

Also, I've found that a good pair of wire cutters give the best control when cutting eggcrate (scissors are the worst).

thats works the best. we did that at the store a time or two. the tubing also makes for a nice snug fit against the glass

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