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Old 07-18-2011, 02:14 PM   #11
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Yeah.. I had to finally put a kid safety lock on my stands door. My 10 month old would and still won't leave my tank alone. He understands no but only to a certain extent at this point in time. So I finally had to lock it up.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:46 PM   #12
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I child proof my house with condoms hahaha , it's had %100 success so far lol
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Lol. I don't have to worry about kids, but my puppy likes to steal any fish food she can get at. Problem solved with a higher shelf, I guess the same would work for small kids!
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:35 PM   #14
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I child proof my house with condoms hahaha , it's had %100 success so far lol
Totally cracked me up

The only thing I do (my youngest are 5 and 4) is get them to help with feeding time and cleaning. They ask to feed the fish and the answer is either yes or no depending on whether they have already been fed or not and what day it is (I fast then once a week). They feed the fish with what I put in their hands and my youngest likes to hold the hose in the bucket for pwc's, other than that they don't touch, even the 35l (10 usg) that is only 2 1/2 feet off the floor.I think getting them involoved helps, kind of takes the mystery out of it. Just my experience ofc
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Its not in the basement and the boogyman will only encourage him. And by the way I had the food hidden. This boy is relentless.
I don't think the comment concerning the basement was intended for the tank...
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:53 PM   #16
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I got a 2 year old her that i have noticed try to climb the tank stand, and i scared the witts out of him. Haven't seen him try it since. However i did make the mistake of leaving the betta pellets out, and they were all over my floor when i went to go to bed lol. I have toyed with the idea of making screwing the tank stand to the wall, ya know how they do with earthquake proofing things.
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Old 07-25-2011, 12:52 PM   #17
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Totally cracked me up

The only thing I do (my youngest are 5 and 4) is get them to help with feeding time and cleaning. They ask to feed the fish and the answer is either yes or no depending on whether they have already been fed or not and what day it is (I fast then once a week). They feed the fish with what I put in their hands and my youngest likes to hold the hose in the bucket for pwc's, other than that they don't touch, even the 35l (10 usg) that is only 2 1/2 feet off the floor.I think getting them involoved helps, kind of takes the mystery out of it. Just my experience ofc
Yeh that's the best thing to do get them to understand how it works and help then they won't wonder and mess with it, having a work force to help you ain't a bad thing either lol
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:27 PM   #18
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We do just like Ickletas - We involve our two year old. We actually bought the tank because of/for her. She really likes fish. She gets to help feed the fish once a day. I even let her pinch the flakes in the can, I just make her show me before she puts them in. She also "helps" me carry the buckets of water to the tub to dump them and fresh water back to the tank. Its a pain in the back (literally) some times, but it helps her learn and feel like she is involved.

I think with kids they respect things better when they understand them.
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Interesting responses from everyone. My daughter is now 6 and has been around tanks all her life and has honestly never made a big issue out of climbing the tanks or overfeeding fish. She just kind of grew up with it all so there was never any mystery.

However, when she was younger, my wife and I went on a crusade to childproof the house installing childproff cabinet locks and the like.l In the end, it was far more trouble than it was worth as my wife in particular ending up never locking anything back because it was too much trouble to use - especially the toliet seat lid lock. Now, most of the cabinet locks are broken, but they are still finctional on the saltwater tank stnad. We were especially concerned there because of the chemicals I had stored there. I count my blessings that my daughter (generally) is so well behaved.

I HATE it when I see young kinds go through a pet shop and ceaselessly smack the tanks to watch the fish scattter. When I worked for the pet stores, I used to get nasty reposnses from so many parents when I would tell junior to please not do that. I would tell junior at least 10 times because the little hardhead never learned to listen to anyone. (Including his parents!) As you said earlier, parents have to raise their children the right way.
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We do just like Ickletas - We involve our two year old. We actually bought the tank because of/for her. She really likes fish. She gets to help feed the fish once a day. I even let her pinch the flakes in the can, I just make her show me before she puts them in. She also "helps" me carry the buckets of water to the tub to dump them and fresh water back to the tank. Its a pain in the back (literally) some times, but it helps her learn and feel like she is involved.

I think with kids they respect things better when they understand them.
This is what I do with my 3yr old too, he loves getting involved and always asks before he does anything (feeding/cleaning). He helps me pick out fish too (I'll show him two species that will work in our tank rather than free reign!). Although the day he saw a Silver Arowana was a tricky one!
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