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Old 03-29-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Hi im a new member and need some advise we have a red tail shark and it started jumping up out the tank. Luckily the lid is on. Is it normal for them to do this
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Yes it's normal for them to do that, so the lid is a good idea. Fish will often try to leave the tank if the environment isn't to their liking as well. Is this a new tank? What size tank and what other fish do you have? How long has it been set up? Have you checked ammonia, nitrite and nitrate lately?

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Welcome to the forum, its normal as already stated. I lost mine when it jumped out and I found it behind my tank
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Welcome to the forum, its normal as already stated. I lost mine when it jumped out and I found it behind my tank
Same thing happened to me when I was a kid. Same shark jumped out a couple times before I got a lid - I was able to rescue him a couple times before he made the leap when I wasn't home and dried up in the carpet.

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Yes it's normal for them to do that, so the lid is a good idea. Fish will often try to leave the tank if the environment isn't to their liking as well. Is this a new tank? What size tank and what other fish do you have? How long has it been set up? Have you checked ammonia, nitrite and nitrate lately?

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It's a 90lt tank. Its a new tank. We have had it 2weeks. My husband went to pets at home they sold him 1 red tail shark 3 tetras and 3 barbs. I have been told these are the wrong starter fish.
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It's a 90lt tank. Its a new tank. We have had it 2weeks. My husband went to pets at home they sold him 1 red tail shark 3 tetras and 3 barbs. I have been told these are the wrong starter fish.
Unfortunately yes. That's about 24 gals which is too small for a shark long-term. What kind of barbs? If they're tiger barbs they can be aggressive so would need a larger group and a 24 gal is a bit too cramped for that. Can you return the fish?

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