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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie needs help....male and female together?

We have a 10 gallon tank with a divider with a male and female on separate sides. This seems to have been working well until today. The female has jumped over the divider twice. We are not interested in breeding. I understand the male may be aggressive towards the female. Anything we can do to deter the female from getting over the divider? Thanks!
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 10:13 PM
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Lower the water level so she can't jump as high, or block the gap between the hood and the divider with something.
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 11:25 PM
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id say lowering the water would be your best bet like mentioned above. only takes about and inch or so.
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-29-2009, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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still jumping!

Thanks for your suggestions. We've lowered the water so that it's about 1 1/2 - 2 inches below the top of the divider as well as adding something to the top of the divider. The female is still finding her way over! We're not quite sure what else to do. The male seems to be ignoring her so far. We also find that with the water level lower that the filter is causing greater rippling of the water. Any further suggestions gratefully accepted!
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Have you checked to make sure there isn't another way she is getting to the other side?

I wouldn't know what else to suggest besides what was mentioned above. Good luck!
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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-29-2009, 08:05 PM
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Put a strip of plastic mesh or just a piece of plastic from a report cover on top of the divider under the lid. The strip should be as long as the width of the tank and probably at least 6-8 inches wide. This is what I do and I never had a problem (knock on wood).

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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-29-2009, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestion Elena. How do you attach the plastic to the divider? I'm new at this....not sure what's safe to put in the tank.
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-30-2009, 07:27 AM
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It's not attached. You just lay it on top of the divider. If long and wide enough it will be supported by the margins of the tank. There was a great picture of it on one of these threads- i'll try to find it.

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I know what pic your talking about... i think it my be vikki's
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-01-2009, 06:47 AM
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I know but I can't find it! Hopefully Vikki will help.

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