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puffers jumping?

Postby mke07 on Mon May 07, 2012 8:59 am

i have a mr. aqua open top tank. im getting ready to order my puffer since my tank has been running for about 6 months. My only concern if my puffer would jump. I am planning on getting a congo or an anrrowhead.
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby Pufferpunk on Mon May 07, 2012 9:57 am

Those species are less likely to jump, since they are lurkers & spend 90% of their time buried in the sand. Be sure you cycle the tank & have a minimum of 3" sand bed.
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby eieio on Mon May 07, 2012 12:18 pm

my congo ("olivia") sometimes swims very vigorously at the top of her tank, and i'm certain she would jump out if it were not covered
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby bertie 83 on Mon May 07, 2012 1:42 pm

I don't think I would risk an open top tank, It might work but there will always be an element of risk
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby FADE2BLACK_1973 on Mon May 07, 2012 1:53 pm

eieio wrote:my congo ("olivia") sometimes swims very vigorously at the top of her tank, and i'm certain she would jump out if it were not covered



My congo (Misery) does the same. He is active 95% of the time and only buries late at night when he is ready for bed..lol.



Yeah, active puffers would jump. I would not chance it. Find a way to cover the top.
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby Troender on Mon May 07, 2012 5:54 pm

All puffers can jump. Myself, I've lost three to jumping - even though their tanks did have a cover!
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby FADE2BLACK_1973 on Mon May 07, 2012 11:56 pm

Yep all puffer's can jump except a Palembang. I heard that they lay on the bottom like a rock and you have to hand feed them all the time or they would die from starvation because of the "Imalazyrock syndrome".... :roflmfao: Sorry just some puffer humor..lol
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby sgtmyers88 on Tue May 08, 2012 12:01 am

I have not yet lost any puffers to jumping but in my past experience with keeping other types of fish I have made it a part of my morning ritual to scan the floor around the aquarium to see if I had any late night jumpers.
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby mke07 on Tue May 08, 2012 9:33 am

Ok, well I think bulkreefsupply has mesh cover kits. I will check that out.
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby FADE2BLACK_1973 on Tue May 08, 2012 11:23 pm

mke07 wrote:Ok, well I think bulkreefsupply has mesh cover kits. I will check that out.



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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby Nuclear_Glitter on Wed May 09, 2012 1:38 am

Good plan.

I have a very skilled eel who managed to jump out of the tank, even with the top on. Also lost a black skirt tetra to jumping.
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby FADE2BLACK_1973 on Wed May 09, 2012 1:13 pm

I had lost a young Blue Zaire Kap Frontosa acouple of years back from jumping out of the tank. It was too late for him before I found him. I did not get the lid on the tank in time.
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Re: puffers jumping?

Postby Pufftastic on Wed May 09, 2012 5:44 pm

One of the first posts I read on TPF was about puffers' propensity for jumping. I promptly switched from a regular tank hood (with punch-out sections to accommodate filter tubing, etc.) to a Versa-Top. That way, I could cut out the back precisely around the equipment, with no open space at all.

Has worked beautifully so far. I have seen Hula swim to the top of the tank and have heard a little splash a few times -- so I really do think she'd jump if given the opportunity.
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