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post #1 of 11 Old 02-13-2010, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
Child proof aquarium hood?

Does anyone know of a way to child proof a hood? My son keeps getting into the aquarium and dipping his hands in there!
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-13-2010, 08:48 PM
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hmmm....thats a tough one...

the only thing I think you could every try would be to buy a padlock and put two hooks on the tank...one on the lid, one on the tank and lock them together??? thats about all I can about
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-13-2010, 10:10 PM
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How old is your child?
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post #4 of 11 Old 02-14-2010, 01:01 AM
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Welcome to TFK!

What about one of those invisible fences?

Just kidding. Honestly, though, there's pretty much no thing as a childproof hood. Lighter hoods (plastic ones or glass canopies) are going to be easy for a little kid to remove while heavy wooden ones...well. He could do a lot of damage with that kind of thing. I honestly think the best things would be, if possible, to move the aquarium somewhere where he can't reach it or just try to teach him not to mess with the tank.

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post #5 of 11 Old 02-15-2010, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
He is 2 and very smart! I kinda want to keep it with in reach, because he likes to feed the fish himself. I give him the correct amount of food, and he tips it in! He loves his aquarium! I might try the latch and lock thing. Kinda like on a shed door! never thought of that!
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-15-2010, 04:20 PM
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Can you pick him up to feed them?
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-19-2010, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
Ugh, I could but the kid weighs in at 42 pounds. the less I pick him up, the better on my back!!
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-19-2010, 09:58 AM
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My Mother found a Willow switch very good a child proofing nearly evrything. It was nearly always reserved for me, while my three sisters could get away with murder. Why ,,They even blamed stuff on me I didn't do just to see mom go fetch the switch.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-19-2010, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
Very nice! I know the feeling, I am the only Male in my family. I had 3 younger sisters growing up. If they screwed up, it was my fault because I should have set a better example!

But, I am a pretty good person now because of it. Lead by example. I am a Department Manager for a local Grocery chain here and everyone on my crew is older than me with the exception of like 2 of them!!
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-20-2010, 07:28 PM
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Maybe you could tell your child that he has to ask you before touching the aquarium, and see if that works. IMO, putting the aquarium out of his reach will do more to harm than help, because he might try to reach the aquarium by climbing on whatever is holding it up, and that can only lead to a smashed aquarium, water everywhere, fish flopping on the floor, and a very unhappy day for you. Does your son constantly watch the aquarium? You could put it somewhere out of his sight, but in the sight of you and visitors to your house if he doesn't. But I don't think there really is a way to child proof your hood.

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why did you think it was a good idea to keep going over the top of the tank
when you realized you couldn't breathe outside water?
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