Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-08-2003, 11:33 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 235
Jumping fish

I just got back from a weeks vacation and found that two of my fish have jumped out of their tanks and unfortunalty passed on. I found one green barb behind my 20 gal tank and one black skirt tetra beside my 30 gal tank. Is it normal for fish to jump out of their tanks like this, I know some have an instinc to do so, already had to rescue my red tailed black shark once then learned to cover the tank well. But because of the automatic feeders being mounted for vacation there had to be a little gap. I didn't think I had to worry about my barbs or tetras jumping out! Did they get over excited for the food and jump for it?
__________________

__________________
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!!!
puffergirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2003, 11:37 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Florida, USA
Posts: 2,829
Could have been excited, something could have spooked them, could have been trying to get away from something in the water [ chem or another fish ].


I'm sorry about your fish, This is why I recently made the conversion to all heavy glass hoods, ultra tight fit, nothing can get out..
__________________

__________________
30gal; Bala Shark, Pl*co
William is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2003, 12:21 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Alexandria VA
Posts: 299
Sorry to hear about your fish. I had a suicidal tiger barb who jumped out of a bucket while I was moving the tank. Fortunately I was right there to save him. I think he was just spooked because of all the commotion.

Maybe the automatic feeders spooked your fish, or maybe they were just in a feeding frenzy (esp. the green barb!) and so jumped out by the food, trying to get at the source! I have all the holes in my hood covered with plastic and packing tape. Planning to go out and get glass hoods like William did...
__________________
Non ruttare mio amore... Spaventi i pesci!
(No burping, honey... You're scaring the fish!)
Tigerlily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2003, 11:14 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 580
Wow, I've never heard of or even seen a glass hood. Does it have spacers for the heater, filter intake tube, etc.? Where is the lightbulb then? So you can also see down into the tank? How cool is that! How much do you think one costs for a 20G?
__________________
myriam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2003, 11:22 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: NY
Posts: 4,536
I have a glass hood for my planted tank. They cover like...4/5 of the top of the tank, and come with a plastic strip that you can cut out to accomodate the filters and wires for the heater etc, that fits the last 1/5. They're not too expensive; think I spent $10 for mine. I then bought lights that sit on the top (a coupla Coralife lights actually; this way I can have 2 lights on the top for the plants as the glass doesn't block the light like a regular plastic hood would). They do need to be cleaned regularly; at my place the water leaves a white film on it when it dries.

If you look here you can see how the light fixture just sits on top of the glass hood: http://www.myaquaria.com/gallery/pla...lanted_10_5_03

Do be careful with em tho; with a HOB filter fish can get out thru the space. I lost a bamboo shrimp that way. Next time I go shopping, I'll be picking up some of that new saranwrap to block off those spaces better.
__________________
aka Cycling Guru and the Ich Slayer

*glares at Terry and QTOFFER*

Card carrying member of FTAS & GCAS.
Allivymar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2003, 04:42 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NW Illinois
Posts: 282
I, too, had a red-tailed black shark make a fateful jump. Let's just say I'll never put my aquarium near my bed again.

Also had an Opaline Gourami make that jump. Took me a while to find that one though. I had the glass top, but I guess I trimmed the plastic a bit too generously.
__________________
ScottS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2003, 04:46 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Florida, USA
Posts: 2,829
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allivymar
I have a glass hood for my planted tank. They cover like...4/5 of the top of the tank, and come with a plastic strip that you can cut out to accomodate the filters and wires for the heater etc, that fits the last 1/5. They're not too expensive; think I spent $10 for mine. I then bought lights that sit on the top (a coupla Coralife lights actually; this way I can have 2 lights on the top for the plants as the glass doesn't block the light like a regular plastic hood would). They do need to be cleaned regularly; at my place the water leaves a white film on it when it dries.

If you look here you can see how the light fixture just sits on top of the glass hood: http://www.myaquaria.com/gallery/pla...lanted_10_5_03

Do be careful with em tho; with a HOB filter fish can get out thru the space. I lost a bamboo shrimp that way. Next time I go shopping, I'll be picking up some of that new saranwrap to block off those spaces better.

If you trim it right theres no place for them to get out

I can't fit a piece of paper in any one spot around my HOB its that tight a fit, and still allows regular working.


EDIT:

Okay, I'm a dumb :censor: I decided to check my HOB right now since we're talking about it, and I'll be danged if I didn't find 4 of my crabs in there 8O
__________________
30gal; Bala Shark, Pl*co
William is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2003, 04:56 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: NY
Posts: 4,536
*starts laffing*

Amazing what those lil buggers can get up to when they put their teeny minds to it. Is why I'm going to try that sarawrap stuff. I'm getting 2 bamboo shrimp (a male and a female!!) and a bunch of cherry shrimp and I am NOT gonna lose em this time!
__________________
aka Cycling Guru and the Ich Slayer

*glares at Terry and QTOFFER*

Card carrying member of FTAS & GCAS.
Allivymar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2003, 11:02 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Niota, TN
Posts: 875
I've used both Saran Wrap and aluminum foil to cover openings in tank coverings. Both work well to cover the odd openings when heaters and filters are involved.
__________________

__________________
Current species:
Neolamprologus multifasciatus
Lamprologus stappersi
Voodoo Chilli is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fish jumping dannyb Saltwater Reef Aquaria 22 10-01-2009 01:11 PM
Watch for jumping fish! roka64 Aquaria Off-Topic 3 09-08-2008 06:47 PM
Jumping fish Got Water? Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 15 09-05-2008 09:53 PM
Nanocube and jumping fish samwise Nano Reefs 2 09-19-2004 01:57 PM
cleaning tank...jumping fish shawmutt Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 07-12-2003 06:30 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.