This morning I found one of my male tourquise rainbow fish on the ground about two feet away from the tank. I always feed the fish in that tank before i go to sleep, so im assuming he jumped out shortly after. Could this easily be prevented by feeding them a few hours earlier so im there if it happens or do you think he jumped for other reasons. I cant put a cover on the tank because of the light. What do you guys think? Should i get another one i have 1m 1f.
__________________ 20 gal tank
4 red eyed tetras
6 tetra von rio
5 amano shrimp
2 german blue rams
2 bolivian rams
55 gal tank
2 synodontis catfish (one nigriventris and one nigrita)
5 yellow labs
A bit related story:
I had an 8" bala shark jump out of the tank. By time I got home it was crisp. My dog, Mason, had carried it upstairs and laid it by the door. When I came home, it was laying there, unscathed. and Mason was sitting there as if to say, "Dad, your fish jumped out of the tank and I didn't have a thing to do with it." I kinda thought a dog or cat would have eaten a fish once it was dead, but he didn't even pierce it's skin with his teeth. He used to love to lay and watch the fish on the bottom row of tanks. They were "his" tanks. Somehow I think he knew I liked the fish and he did what he thought was right.
get a glass top and take it to a glass or mirror store and get them to cut the sides of it to fit your tank. They can even polish the cut area so you don't cut yourself on it.
Think like Speedy auto glass.
You can even buy clear heavy hard plastic at a hardware store. We used to use it back in the 80's on our windows to winterize as we could't afford storm windows. The plastic does stretch so you have to turn it every few days.
I used regular glass tops on my tank but I took 1/2" PVC cut them in half and then notched/beveled the edges so the pvc would not move. I can take a pic and show you it was the cheapest way to use common available parts and not going custom and spending more money, and also I just love a good DIY challenge.
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