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how far should i fill my tank.
Old 04-10-2014, 10:44 PM   #1
 
how far should i fill my tank.

so my paper when setting my tank up said to fill it to the black trim thing and that your water line should not be visible but someone saw my tank and was telling how i had it to full so just wanted to know what you guys thought.
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:46 PM   #2
 
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I always fill all my tanks to the trim .


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Old 04-10-2014, 10:52 PM   #3
 
ok thats what i thought but i got told you dont fill them that high cause your fish can jump out or make water spill out the tank which i have a lid so dont think they could jump out if they tried lol.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:09 PM   #4
 
Personally, with my OCD, I cannot stand looking at my tank with waterline below the trim, would never even own a rimless tank. LOL. Besides, even without a lid, the fish species (so I've read) that are prone to jumping are pretty darn good at it!!! You would need your waterline SEVERAL inches down. If you keep any of those species, you need some kind of barrier, be it glass or even eggcrate material.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:09 PM   #5
 
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It depends on preference. I usually fill to a point that water from the filter splashes a little. I find that if I don't then I have a grey film on the top of the water.
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:57 AM   #6
 
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I usually fill mine to just under the trim unless I have critters(like shrimp or snails) that will crawl out, or jumpers, then I usually leave it an inch or close from the top.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:15 PM   #7
 
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I've kept so many of the famous supposed tank jumping species. In all 22-23yrs of fish keeping I've had only one out of any of them jump out ... Only to have jumped into the neighboring tank to munch on snails for a couple weeks lol(a loach) . My theory is fish only jump when they're unhappy with their tank or tank-mates.. Or want to chow on snails in a nearby tank


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Old 04-19-2014, 07:21 PM   #8
 
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The only thing I ever had jump out of my tank was a bamboo shrimp, still not sure how she did it since I had everything but the filter out-flow blocked(she musta gotten up there, but I do not know how!)...and one uh, I believe it was a swordtail jumped out when a male was trying to breed with her. Other than the odd snail or shrimp, that was the only fish. I often stare slack-jawed at people who say ALL of their fish jumped out of their tank(like a guy at the petshop asking about fish who don't jump because his six swordtails did....I asked about his set up, he said he had four males and two females in a ten gallon tank with a five gallon filter, I told him that was the issue...all of it). LOL Just never had issues with it...oh, well, when I was little(like five) I had a crayfish that got out of a tank I set up. o-o No lid...he wandered around the house for a week until my dog...was found by it. LOL Does that count?

You just gotta watch out for those jumpers or ones that are commonly known to do it, better safe than sorry, but a proper lid usually keeps that from happening.
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I've kept so many of the famous supposed tank jumping species. In all 22-23yrs of fish keeping I've had only one out of any of them jump out ... Only to have jumped into the neighboring tank to munch on snails for a couple weeks lol(a loach) . My theory is fish only jump when they're unhappy with their tank or tank-mates.. Or want to chow on snails in a nearby tank


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