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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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Jumping Fish (Again)

I have been spending quite a bit of time searching for a list of fish suitable for open top tanks. The only thing I can find is general discussions of people who have experienced fish jumping. With the fast-growing planted tank and aquascaping hobby a well-researched list of fish that is suitable I think is becoming as important and the database of plants themselves.

Yesterday I went to the LFS and bought 6 cardinal swordtails, 2 male, and 4 female. Overnight I have lost 1 male and 2 female. I am guessing the male jumped and took his wives with him. I told the LFS I wanted to put fish in open top tank and several I was looking at he told me they were not suitable. So they had some knowledge. A family business for 30 years.

One interesting comment I read on another forum is that tanks should never be left in the dark as the fish are easily spooked. Give them an artificial moon. True I had a Harlequin Rasbora jump when I approached the tank in the middle of the night. I can easily give them a night light. Maybe buy a small actinic light. What do people think?

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Any fish can jump. Some are more likely then others, but I have not found any exceptions, yet.
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Only thing guarenteed is a cover. You can use fine black mesh if you don't want a glass lid. Have a look at reef tank DIY covers for ideas.
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I agree that most fish have the potential to jump, some perhaps less likely than others. But a male after a female, 2 males sparring, or some fish just by being startled as someone walks by. My guess is that your females went first trying to get away from the male.

Look for something that swims a little lower in the water column. I don't know what size tank this is but a couple of schools I have that stay lower in my tanks are rummy nose tetras and HY511 tetras. Perhaps also Kerri tetras. My diamond tetras and silver tip tetras also stay relatively low, but are pretty boisterous fish, especially at feeding time so I would not reccommend those.
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Try lowering your water level? I have 4 jack dempsey in an open top aquarium. They splash and jump all day. But I have the water level down about 3 1/2 inches or so.
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Unfortunately, my question has been misunderstood. As this is "The Planted Tank" I would have presumed the majority of members are aquascapers. I have also been led to believe that when asking a question it needs to be validated as to why you are asking. Perhaps I should have just asked, "Is there a comprehensive list of fish for open top tanks?"

In Europe aquascaping is popular and is invariably in braceless open top tanks with fish. If you have some wood protruding you are not likely to have or even want the tank coved. My Mistake was thinking "The Planted Tank" equated with aquascaping. Sorry, my question was misunderstood.
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That's ok. Must be the language barrier.

Oh, I got one for your list: your swordtails are not suitable for open top tanks. Dead fish don't jump, usually.
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I think you'll find that they just put up with the fact that they lose the occasional fish to jumping and/or cover the tank when not taking the stunning looking aquascape photos posted online.

I've a rimless/braceless tank on order that will have emersed growth on one side. I'll be making a lid to fit around it.
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I think it is an assumption to believe that all those interested in aquascaping (and happen to have fish) do not have some kind of secure lid.
Many will and some wont or maybe its visa versa. No matter. I think eventually you get sick of picking up dead fish off the floor.
For me, I have more expense in fish then plants- so its a no-brainier.


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At some point in their lives for one reason or another every single fish will jump out of the water. Everything. Except butterfly fish 😂😑. Jk they of course will. Fish jump for many reasons. Getting scared, chasing flies, chasing each other, playing, fighting a current, being curious, anything can happen. I've seen a pleco jump, I've seen cats jump, hell I've even seen snails jump. No not snails but I have seen snails climb out of one tank and into another sitting next to it. No joke. But I'm sure you get the point by now anyways.
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