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This morning, I woke up and went to check on my tank. It is a fluval evo 13,5 without the hood because I put a kessil a80 light so the hood doesn’t fit. I have three fish and a shrimp. Two clowns and a damsel. My first saltwater fish was a clownfish named dory. I couldn’t find her. Then I looked at the floor behind the tank.
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she had jumped out. I’m going to order some kind of hood or net today to put on top so the rest don’t jump. My water level isn’t even that high
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Has anyone had this happen? What about you guys without hoods or net jump guards? Is my water level too high? Dory was fine yesterday, eating and happily swimming around. I am definitely going to order a Jumpguard today
 
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My picasso clown jump right in front of me. Luckily it landed in the external overflow box. I've had a 1/8" net lid ever since. Your water level doesn't matter much, they can still jump out.
 

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Carpert surfing is fairly common. You'll want to be especially careful with gobies, wrasses, etc. I always say anything shaped like a missile is likely to jump.
 
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I lost a tiger watchman goby and picasso clown to lid surfing - have a set of lids and canopy, but left one lid open. Must be like the reverse of falling through ice.

Also had an eel escape and hit carpet, but I found him curled up on the floor soon enough to pick him up and put him back in the tank.
 

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I used to have lots of surfers before I put 24 hr moon light. Fishes generally freak out in the dark or when the light abruptly swtches off. Slow transitions and moon light all throughout the night helps.

Ofcourse you can also invest in a cover/hood

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My Flame Angel jumped once and when I found him, I thought for sure it was dead . I remembered a thread where it said to put it back in the tank regardless. Sure enough, when I returned home from work he was in the corner alive but laying on his side. It took a few weeks, but he completely recovered. So glad I did that.
 

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My mccoskers found a way out of my cover .came in to find him laying on top motionless :( i put him back in ...he wasnt moving so i held him in front of a powerhead for almost 5 minutes before he finally swam off and hid...
Grass is not always greener on the other side....:rolleyes::rolleyes:
 
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Sorry about the loss. He looks really nice.

Some fish are know for jumping, other just do for some reason. A lot of people run screen or mesh tops. There are kits or dyi from Home Depot. I have also seen egg crate.

Again. Sorry.
 
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My Flame Angel jumped once and when I found him, I thought for sure it was dead . I remembered a thread where it said to put it back in the tank regardless. Sure enough, when I returned home from work he was in the corner alive but laying on his side. It took a few weeks, but he completely recovered. So glad I did that.
My mccoskers found a way out of my cover .came in to find him laying on top motionless :( i put him back in ...he wasnt moving so i held him in front of a powerhead for almost 5 minutes before he finally swam off and hid...
Grass is not always greener on the other side....:rolleyes::rolleyes:
wish I did that. however, don't think it would have made a difference, dory was already dry and probably was there for an hour at least. she is now buried in my backyard. RIP dory :(
 

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Ya no recovering from dried out. Ive also lost 2 helfrichi firefish that i didnt find in time....they find the smallest crack.
 

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It happens to most of us at some point. I had a diamond watchman jump in front of me that we saved. Even with a lid I had another diamond watchman who slipped through a small crack and dried up :(

It is one of the unfortunate parts of the hobby, the best thing you can do is mitigate your risk with a lid.
 

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My lfs covers his tanks every night, a few months ago he forgot to cover the tank that had his maroon clown and she jumped. He had her since he opened his store 31 years ago. I had 2 gobies jump right through an egg crate cover I had, I now use a net cover and haven't had any more jumpers since. I have heard a few fish hit the net though
 
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Ya no recovering from dried out. Ive also lost 2 helfrichi firefish that i didnt find in time....they find the smallest crack.


Thanks everyone. I ordered a Jumpguard net thing and plan on using it as soon as I get it. Really want to get a new clown for my other one cuz I think it will be lonely. Think I, going to get a designer clown so it looks nothing like dory
 

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Check out Clearview Lids. They look really good on a rimless tank. Since I’ve put one on the carpet surfing is no longer an issue.

 
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