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Fish Jumping Out

So a few months back I took the glass lids off my 55 gal, as I believe it has alleviated some of my algae issues. Since then I've had 2 cherry barbs and 1 sterbai cory jump to their deaths. Is this a fairly commom occurrence with these fish, or could there be a bigger issue? The other fish is the tank are 1 BN pleco, 2 bolivian rams, 3 pearl gouramis, and 6 or so otos.
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what are the water parameters?
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I'm not familiar with barbs and their jumping, but cories tend to do quick swims up to the top and gulp air in my experience. Could just be bad luck that yours jumped a bit higher. I have a 48g rimless and a school of 7 cories and haven't had any jumpers. My water is filled to the top. Unless the fish is a known jumper, then it's usually a symptom of bad conditions. Check the parameters to make sure nothing is going on.
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Cories, Shrimp and other fish have been known to jump ship if there are bad water parameters. Please post water parameters and water change schedule.


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I have cherry barbs and cories in tanks with no tops and I've never had any jump out. I think this is a water quality issue.


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Ah, I should have tested in the first place...my nitrates are at 80ppm. Everything else is fine though. 0 ammonia and nitrite. Ph is at 7.8. I've been changing 5-10 gallons/week consistently. I've also been dosing 1/2 tsp of KNO3 1x/week, 1/8 tsp of KH2PO4 1x/week, and 1 capful of comprehensive 1x/week, skipping the first week of every month.

I'll do a massive water change asap. Should I cut the KNO3 in half, or eliminate it altogether? Maybe start dosing K2SO4 to get the K?

Thanks for the help!
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I had super high nitrates too. No jumpers thankfully. I dropped kno3 completely and I'm at 30 ppm or so. If go a week without doing too so you have a baseline of what your fish load and other organics provide.

Oh and I dose k2so4 to get K.

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Wow, you need to be doing 50% water changes with that high Nrates. Cories are VERY sensitive to Nrates, and they can loose their barbels.


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Even the fish that aren't known jumpers tend to go over when startled by other fish. I've lost few fish, and losing cherry shrimp almost on a daily basis. I have hundreds of them, so I just let it.
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I would also put it down to your high nitrate. I would worry about the other fish jumping out.

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Thanks for the input everyone. Any more thoughts on the dosing?
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