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Old 06-06-2012, 10:46 PM   #11
 
Large net. Good idea. With a plastic frame, obviously.

I think my dad can probably figure out how to ground the tank, since he's an engineer. I'll ask him.

I'm thinking this in the 55gal and in a few months when I've saved some money for the decor, the cichlids in another 55gal (this time a bowfront). *dreams big fish dreams*

EDIT: Just talked to my dad and he said since the tank is on a plain wooden stand, it's already grounded? Also, I read that if you must handle it, to poke it with a stick until it exhausts its electricity. o.O

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Old 06-06-2012, 10:50 PM   #12
 
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Dont put the cichlids in a bowfront tank, it restricts their swimming ability and doesnt give a lot of room for them to get away from aggression.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:55 PM   #13
 
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Yea the wood will have it grounded. Putting it on rubber, styrofoam, any insulator will make it not grounded.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:01 PM   #14
 
Taz, oh. No bowfront for the cichlids. Got it. Thank you for mentioning that before I went out and bought one. :)

I think . . . if I remember correctly, the stand is on little rubber furniture disks. The floor is plain ol concrete. Only metal, really, is the black rim of the tank.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:01 PM   #15
 
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Something to consider...here
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:04 PM   #16
 
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Could that not mess with his sense of direction though? Don't these fish feel around using their electricity as well? That thing sucking it up could confuse him, I think. :s
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:07 PM   #17
 
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You are correct, didnt think of that
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:11 PM   #18
 
May just have to ground myself and be very, very careful around it. I'm reading that they can get fairly tame so as long as I don't do anything dumb like startle it, I should be okay, especially if I stay insulated and grounded around it.

It. I'm guessing it will be next to impossible to accurately sex this thing. I think I will unilaterally decide it is a male. :p
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:12 PM   #19
 
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May just have to ground myself and be very, very careful around it. I'm reading that they can get fairly tame so as long as I don't do anything dumb like startle it, I should be okay, especially if I stay insulated and grounded around it.

It. I'm guessing it will be next to impossible to accurately sex this thing. I think I will unilaterally decide it is a male. :p
Good plan and LOL!
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:14 PM   #20
 
It's also a good thing the tank is on the top half of the stand. Otherwise I'd probably go out one morning and find one of my cats with its fur standing straight up. They like to bat at the tank on the bottom.
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