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NO-jump fish lid

I had a new chocolate gourami jump yesterday. Very upsetting for me. So I made a lid. The reason I didn't want the 'reptile' type, is that that would block my light. I made this in two pieces to fit around my light. If you had a light on legs, or suspended, it would still work. It does not block much light in that case.
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sheet of 'eggcrate' aka diffusor for flourescent lighting-it was a piece 2'X 4'.
I also saw that it came in a larger size at HD
I used titanium scissors. You could use snips
super glue gel
Tulle- aka bridal veil

I had already cut it last night and just kept the pieces over the tank, for some reassurance.



just one brand, they had it in silver too, but I like the white


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I just eyeballed everything. I suppose you could use a tape measure or ruler and make it 'perfect'. It was good enough for me this way. I just want it back on the tank before the other fish jumps.
I cut notches in the back piece so it would fit around the filter tubes.

I dotted the glue all along the eggcrate, then again on top of the tulle to glue it in place




trimmed the excess




Make sure you do this in an area that can be easily cleaned. It makes a mess!



super glue and I have never been friends



fish can't get through this




I chose to make the back fitted, but the front piece not. So it would be easier to get in and out of the tank



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that is really cool!


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That's a good idea,

what tank is this btw?
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good idea...but if i may improve your idea by suggesting to use a screen frame next time, that way you dont have to mess with glue.

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Thats pretty slick waterfaller. Thanks for sharing!

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good idea...but if i may improve your idea by suggesting to use a screen frame next time, that way you dont have to mess with glue.
+1.

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The links to RC aren't working right now, the site is down for the night. I will check it later. But we have always done this in the sw community, at shops, etc., to keep jumpers in. Especially wrasses. If I had used this frame you speak of, how would I have accomplished making it in two pieces like I did? I did not want it to go under my light. There is always another way, or perhaps a better way. But this works.
Harry this is a new tank, I started a journal in the low tech forum~ "Scarlet Dreams" Thanks for the critique & compliments.
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Another cool thing about this stuff, is I can make it to fit any tank. As in nano cubes. I plan to make one for my finnex 4 gal. I have had several fish jump from that tank. Good for keeping killifish, as most people keep them in small tanks, and they are really jumpy fish. And it does not lose it's shape, like I would think a screen would.
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what tank is this btw?
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Every time I look at these pics I have to laugh at myself. I have lived in this home for two years. No excuse,I need some shades on the windows in that room. Priorities, priorities..lol..
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The links to RC aren't working right now, the site is down for the night. I will check it later. But we have always done this in the sw community, at shops, etc., to keep jumpers in. Especially wrasses. If I had used this frame you speak of, how would I have accomplished making it in two pieces like I did? I did not want it to go under my light. There is always another way, or perhaps a better way. But this works.
Harry this is a new tank, I started a journal in the low tech forum~ "Scarlet Dreams" Thanks for the critique & compliments.
With the clear mesh, you don't need to make a space for your light as the mesh does not appreciably affect light transmission.

You can also make the frames as big or as small as you want. Most window screens are custom built as far as I know.

Your way works for you and that's what counts, though. Good writeup.

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The birdnetting in the garden center at home improvement stores is UV resistant, so your lights won't kill it.

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That does look nice.
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I'm so heading over to HD after work.. My betta jumped last weekend and I've been paranoid ever since.. I had a cutting board over my 2.5g nano when the lights were out hahaha
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