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tank "killie proofing"
My name is Sherry and I am waiting the arrival of my first killie pair (A.
australe). I've been keeping fish for a while and just got interested in
killies recently. I've had various cichlids including discus. I always
passsed killies over because I thought fish so rare and lovely must be
The pair will be living in my planted eclipse system 6 in the office. I am
concerned about the fish jumping into the filter. If you are not familiar
with these tanks, the filter is a horizontal box that lays just under the
top of the hood. The filter is open on the top, and from what I hear about
killies its no big feat for them to hop the 2" and fall into the 1/2"
opening between the filter and the hood cover. I don't want to risk losing
my fish, so here are my thoughts:
1) cover the top of the filter leaving less than 1 cm of space. I'm still
worried a killie could get stuck in that small of an area.
2) Tilt the above cover making a little "slide" - if they get up there they
can wriggle out I think.
3) Try to make a plastic "fence" around the whole filter parmeter (a pain in
Any other ideas?
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