HELP! JAWFISH QUESTION

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Hey guys so it's been a few hours since I've seen my pearly jawfish. This is the second one (first died by jumping out of the tank, since then I got a glass lid and made sure there's nowhere he can jump out from). I've had him for about to weeks now and he's usually always in the same burrow . My question is if a jawfish dies in the tank is it likely that he will die in his burrow? Or more likely that it'll die and float or stay on the sandbed? Please let me know what you guys think
 
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Don't understand how he could of jumped out of a 1mm gap.....
 

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If you had your lid off for maintance or feeding, he likely jumped then since I don't see any gap big enough for a jawfish.
I cleaned yesterday and did a waterchange but I put the lid back and even saw him this morning when I fed him before i left for work. He must of jumped idk what else to do I want another one so bad but I feel like he'll just jump again.
 
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I cleaned yesterday and did a waterchange but I put the lid back and even saw him this morning when I fed him before i left for work. He must of jumped idk what else to do I want another one so bad but I feel like he'll just jump again.
well if there isn't a bigger gap/way to get out the filter. Maybe he pushed it up. They are definitely escape artists.
 

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Sadness. So sorry. But please don't quit!

+1 @Tamberav Do you have any rocks/something with weight to it to put on top of anything not locked down? They'll hit with speed/power and since they're slimy and squishy, fish can get through the smallest darn places. Oh, and make sure there are a bunch of hiding places for him all through the tank, sometimes that helps with jumpers. Also, see if he's being picked on enough to make him want to escape. Good luck!
 

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I've been keeping jawfish for over 20 years and have had four different species. I have lost a couple of jumpers and it is amazing how small a space they can jump through. I even had one get into the overflow box, go through the siphon to get out from under the tank cover and jump from the uncovered part. In my experience they settle down somewhat over time. I wouldn't say the danger ever completely goes away, but when they feel more secure in the tank and comfortable in their burrow the urge to jump is much less. I personally haven't lost one that I've had more than a month. It has also helped to use a PVC burrow in quarantine and move the fish into the display tank in the burrow. I bury the burrow in an appropriate spot in the tank and put an upside down breeder net over it for the first day or two to give the fish a chance to settle in.
 

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