User Tag List

Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Setting up an open top tank with swordtails?

  1. #1
    SCAPE Member Just Planted marimo's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 2022
    Location
    Redlands
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like
    Real Name
    Alena
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Setting up an open top tank with swordtails?

    Hello everyone! Very first post here, thanks for having me. I'm just getting into aquascaping, and we have a moderately planted tank right now with floating water lettuce on top. I love the look of open top tanks more, so I've been leaving the cover off, and the few fish that we have right now (some Danios and a guppy or two) have stayed in the tank with no problems, but I'm concerned about any new fish we buy. I really want some koi swordtails that I saw in the store, but I read that they are notorious jumpers that should be kept in a covered tank. However, some other articles mention that they jump due to not enough space or bad water parameters. We have a 50 gal tank and I intend to keep the water under control, so would it still be a bad idea? Would love any insight and alternatives for fish that would be good in open tanks! (I know all fish have the potential to be jumpers though haha)

  2. #2
    SCAPE Member Just Planted jnunn's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Glendora
    Posts
    38
    Post Thanks / Like
    Real Name
    James (Jim) Nunn
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a open top 75 gl tank. once or twice a year I'll find a fish on the floor. The only fish that I have kept that were jumpers were Hachette fish. What appears to too cause fish to jump is turning on the tank lights in a dark room.
    fish (noun)
    [ fi ʃ ] (fish•es)
    Water vertebrate with gills often used in aquariums as an inconsistent and inadequate source of plant fertilizers

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •