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ScotJ 12-12-2009 12:53 PM

Help! Eel jumping out of tank - what to do?
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I recently got a gorgeous blue ribbon eel who was very very active when I put him in the tank last night. the LFS (of course) mentioned nothing about them being jumpers (though I should have done my own research as well).

The lights turned on this morning and sure enough he was active as ever. I came back a few hours later and couldn't see him. Searched the tank and sure enough he was on the floor. Must have been there for atleast 30 minutes! I picked him up and put him in a drum of water I had sitting for a water change later this afternoon. Sure enough he came back to life.

I've put him back into the main tank, but now I need to find out how to properly cover the tank. I've attached a picture, and the lights you see are very hot and strong metal hallides, so I'm not sure how to go about covering the tank, without interfering with the lighting or metaling anything.


ps- i know the tank is dirty, massive algee issues since getting the lights, switching to an RO shortly.

AMDPhenomX4 12-12-2009 01:51 PM

Eggcrate or a plastic screen frame.

ScotJ 12-12-2009 01:54 PM

will eggcrate melt? The lights are very hot.

thincat 12-12-2009 03:16 PM

I made my cover using the DIY screen kit from HomeDepot. You can do a search for 1/4" or 1/2" Screen on the net to find someone that sells by the foot. That's what I did.

mfdrookie516 12-12-2009 03:17 PM

eggcrate is designed to be under lights... im sure it will melt of course, since it is plastic, but unless its melting the plastic trim around the top of your tank, i doubt it will melt the egg crate

joy13 12-12-2009 03:29 PM

Don't do the eggcrate, my 70watt MH melted it over my nano.

CaptainAhab 12-12-2009 05:01 PM

Innovator has some links in his siggie

melosu58 12-12-2009 05:24 PM

They are escape artist and a tight fitting screen or glass is needed. I have known alot of folks that lost their eels this way.

Keith A. 12-12-2009 07:32 PM

I would go with a glass top. I know all-glass and perfecto brand tanks sell them separately for each size of tank. That would be my advice.

ScotJ 12-12-2009 08:19 PM

The only reason I didn't wanna go with glass is I've been told it will reduce the light from my lamps. Maybe not visually, but in terms of the amount of light the corals will receive.


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