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Old 08-21-2013, 02:52 AM   #1 
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Lid Made of Floaters

Would it be possible to grow a dense enough cover of floating plants that it acted as a lid? Just so they couldn't jump out. I trying to think of an alternative for a tank I can't use a proper lid on. I'd use something faster owing like frogbite.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:56 AM   #2 
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They need to be able to reach the surface to breath.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:00 PM   #3 
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What about a glass canopy or a craft mesh lid? SkyeWillow has pictures somewhere of hers and they're very nice.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:02 PM   #4 
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Yes, it is possible... They do need space to breath though, and if you plan on growing other, non floating plants in the tank you may be unsuccessful... The floaters will block the light.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:06 PM   #5 
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I think it would discourage jumping, but I don't think something like frogbit would 100% prevent a betta from jumping out if it was determined enough. An adult betta would probably just be able to push through if it was going fast.
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Floaters don't stop jumping, they just make the fish think that they can't jump.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:14 PM   #7 
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When the OP stated that they wanted something that 'acted like a lid', I would think they wanted something that would prevent the fish from jumping completely as that is what a lid does.

Floaters just act as a discouragement. Most splendens are not big jumpers anyway so it would most likely work, but some fish when spooked will go up rather than down.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:06 PM   #8 
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I have been going to Ace hardware and getting glass lids cut. For a 5 gallon it's costing $3.00 per tank. I have a little corner cut off one side to allow for cords and tubing. You can use Stick on hooks from the dollar store for handles. You have to use wet sandpaper sand the edges. After that you're good to go.

I am actually not going to keep the lid for my 29 gallon because I can get glass panels cut to go around my led light since the condensation filters the light I don't want glass under it.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:26 AM   #9 
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So it seems it should be able to work. The reason I need a lid type thing is I'd like to start a riparium with a completely full tank, and a lid wouldn't allow for any out of tank plant growth.
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