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Old 07-18-2011, 05:15 PM   #1
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Tank cover for jumping fish

Well, pretty much as the title says, I'm trying to find out what is used to cover the top of a tank to help keep fish from jumping. I really don't want to use plexy or glass because I don't want to heat up the water any more than is already going on. Is there a screen covering that won't go bad or block too much light? I have 6 T5HO lights and a couple coral so don't want to block out too much light.

I'm having a problem with fish jumping and also fish getting into the overflow. Was hoping for a solution that may fix both problems.

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Old 07-18-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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Get some eggcrate from home depot.
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:17 PM   #3
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Not sure about the screen but I have a plastic screen that came with my overflow that slides right into the intake of it. I had a shrimp get by before I decided to install it. Its just a piece of plastic screening thats bent in half and inserted into the opening.
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I was told that eggcrate would block a good amount of light. I do have some and I may try sliding it under the light and see how it does anyway but my little test piece did seem to cut out the light.
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:23 PM   #5
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Get a eggcrate from Lowe's or Home Depot. I used it before works great
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:37 PM   #6
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I wouldn't think so if the lights are over the entire tank. If you only have like a 2 bulb fixture that is infront of the tank, I can see how it will cut the light.
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I use an egg grate but by the use of a pair of diagonal pliers ., I've snipped away the interior of the crate leaving a 3" -4" border around the edges to prevent jumpers but the whole interior of the tank is open.., works great
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Hope this'll give you an idea or two
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I`ve seen several people use a netting over the top.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:52 PM   #10
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I do like the egg crate with the middle cut out. Do most jumping fish go out along the edge then? Is that why having the middle cut out works?

I've heard about netting as well, just don't know what kind.
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