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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:29 pm Post subject: Is open top safe for discus? Reply with quote

 Currently  I  have  a  few  adult  as  well  as  a  few  younger  discus  with  me.  could  any  one  let  me  know  if  open  top  is  fine  for  discus  tanks.  Is  there  any  precaution  i  have  to  take  as  i  have  placed  all  my  tanks  on  floor.
 
 Any  advice  would  be  appreciated.
 
 Thanks  in  advance.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:43 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Hi  Vijay:
 
 Me  and  Adip  have  always  kept  all  our  discus  in  top-open  tanks  only...
 
 Though  there  is  a  chance  that  they'll  jump,  its  only  till  the  time  they  get  adjusted  to  the  new  environment...So,  just  be  careful  during  initial  days...till  they  get  used  to  all/surroundings...
 
 But,  as  a  precautionary  measure,  you  can  lower  the  water  level  too  by  a  couple  of  inches...
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 Thanks  nag  I  will  keep  the  water  level  low  by  two  inches.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 3:17 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Discus  are  excellent  at  jumping...  it  all  depends  on  teh  surroundings..  they  especially  tend  to  jump  at  nights  if  they  are  startled.  Y  take  chances????
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 6:10 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Also  open  top  tanks  stay  in  a  lower  temperatures  than  closed  ones.    If  using  a  heater  it  wont  be  a  problem  except  extracting  a  little  more  power.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 8:34 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 In  my  opinion  open  tops  are  not  safe  with  discus.And  that  too  if  there  are  children  around.As  Mumbai-discus  said  discus  are  good  at  jumping,why  take  a  risk.A  friend  of  mine  lost  his  Golden  Melon  1  year  back  as  it  had  jumped  out  of  the  open  top  tank  when  he  had  gone  out  and  the  children  did  not  know  what  to  do.
 
 It  would  be  better  if  you  could  put  a  thin  mosquito  net  on  the  top  and  secure  it  with  a  velcro  strip  on  to  the  sides.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 9:14 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 even  a  styrofoam  sheet  would  do....  jus  take  some  precaution
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 9:47 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 go  for  a  thermocol  sheet.  they  are  cheap  and  best.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:33 pm Post subject: open top Reply with quote

 Hi!
 
 Discus  do  tend  to  jump  when  they  get  startled.  I  am  sure  that  a  lot  of  people  have  lost  valuable  discus  fishes.  Sad    Sad  
 
 Suggest,  you  get  a  thermocol  sheet  as  they  are  the  cheapest  and  easily  available.  Cut  out  some  portions  not  more    than  3"  x  3".  Alernatley  you  could  cut  2"  width  slits.  We  have  used  these  on  our  community  tanks  where  we  have  4"  and  above  fishes.  
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:35 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 I  now  have  the  top  covered  with  thermocol  sheet.  Thank  you  all  for  the  advice.
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