02-22-2009, 12:49 AM
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In my experience, if you don't have a lid, a fish WILL eventually end up on the floor. I lost a clown and a firefish. When I added a lid to the tank, my yellow tang still found a way out. It was a small opening in the back where a filter was, somehow, he accurately jumped through this tiny opening and ended up on to of the lid underneath the power compacts. He was baked by the time I got home
My cichlids take to the air from time to time....in the middle of the night I heard a loud splash, I didnt really think anything of it since they splash all the time so I went back to sleep. When I woke up, I noticed my large severum was not there. I found him dead behind the stand...ugh, it was tragic.
I now make sure that all the tank critters stay in the tank no matter what, which is a reason why I like the biocube- completely sealed. A lid for any aquarium is absolutely essential to prevent unnesessary fish deaths.