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Worried about Dojo Loach jumping
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JayJay_65
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PostPosted: 2011.02.16(Wed)9:50    Post subject: Worried about Dojo Loach jumping Reply with quote

Okay so I bought 3 dojo loaches for my 38G tank and I have maybe 1-2" around my 2 filters that have an opening, do I have to worry about them jumping?
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PostPosted: 2011.02.16(Wed)11:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes.
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PostPosted: 2011.02.16(Wed)21:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

would tinfoil to cover the gaps be fine?
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PostPosted: 2011.02.16(Wed)22:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm.. Foil may cover the opening, but may be hard to secure and may be too flimsy to prevent a fish trying to leap out. I have used plastic knitting canvas for this exact purpose. You can cut the plastic mesh to fit the gaps that need filling. It is rigged enough and comes in many colors - so I'm sure it look a bit nicer that aluminum foil. Unless, of course, you are going for the metallic foil stuck around the tank look. Wink , You can get the knitting canvas at any arts/crafts store. It turns out knitting canvas is a useful tool with various aquarium related projects - preventing escapes, fish barriers, attachments for mosses, modifying filters, etc. I digress....
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PostPosted: 2011.02.21(Mon)15:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine has yet to jump.
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PostPosted: 2011.02.21(Mon)17:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mine has yet to jump.


Sometimes it's better to be lucky...

All kidding aside, there are a few popular species that naturally look to jump or escape. These include swordtails, hatchets and also dojos. Most fish jump out to escape from other fish or due to poor water conditions. These fish will do it out of instinct and in some cases can find the very smallest of openings to exploit.
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