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Old 02-05-2005, 08:21 PM   #11
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tonight my lights turned off and i noticed the firefish had immediatly moved to the top of the tank...within 2 seconds it backed up about two inches and then exploded out of the tank. Luckily i had cardboard in place just for that reason. After colliding with the cardboard it kinda layed beside some rock like it was in a daze or dead. moved my hand close to it and it sped into its hole. It was crazy, I bet if the cardboard wasn't there the fish would have flown 5 feet in the air.

I don't really want to add a glass hood becasue it seems to block my lighting. I think I'm going to cut some plexi glass to lay around the edges of the tank. Will this hurt the fish if he hits it? Any other suggestions?

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Old 02-06-2005, 11:18 AM   #12
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try egg crate. It allows the light in but also keeps the fish in. A plexi lid might allow your tank to heat up too much. Egg crate allows the air to circulate.
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Old 02-06-2005, 12:25 PM   #13
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i think i'm just going to break down and add a glass top...my friend has one and he's going to let me try it out for a while. Also i tried to feed with flakes and he'd put suck them up and spit them out. I'm going to try some formula 1 later and if that doesn't work i'm giong to get some dried mysid shrimp.
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Old 02-06-2005, 09:57 PM   #15
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I found this post about a jawfish concerning jumping right after i turned off the lights in the photo gallery. I assume it is the same with my firefish:



lesson learned with this guy cause ive owned a few !! its better to add them first imo !! some can be rather nervous to say the least !! once they make there home the settle down alot but to keep them from freaking out dont turn off ya lights all at one time !! the tend to freak and might jump out of the tank !! so i turn off the day lights and then 30 min the antinics go off also have found they love the small shells(half small clam shells) ya find on the beach cant give thm enough
There is no possible way i can have my 10,000 K lights off 30 minutes earlier than my actinics. It is on a timer and they always go off at the same time. Will he get used to the lights turning off or will he continue to try to jump every time the lights turn off?
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Old 02-06-2005, 11:36 PM   #16
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Mine freaks out a bit sometimes when the lights go out. she hops along the bottom. Does your 10,00k have a seperate power cord from your Actinics? 2 different times would work great.

Also, try a glass hood. I have one and It works just fine and doesn't block the light at all. (make sure to keep yours clean of course.)
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Yeah, thats spot that your firefish dug himself into is his "bolt" hole. Thats his kind of like safe zone. You should go liveaquaria.com. they have some good info on firefishes. BTW, mine did the same thing, but he did not burry himself in the sand. It took him a day or two to finally comeout and eat some frozen mysis.

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