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My multi jumped out of its tank

Postby Dmhgrosso » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:18 am

I just wokeup to one of my multies bone dry sitting ontop of the lid. He jumped through the slit of the tank. I heard a second one jump aswell but I think it was contained in the tank. Is this a water quality issue, flow issue, etc or are these fish just known to do that?
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Re: My multi jumped out of its tank

Postby DJRansome » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:51 am

All my cichlids (and Synodontis) do that, the tank must be well covered.

That said, they do this because they are being chased and zoom toward the surface without knowing what will happen.

So you might look at the tank and see if the aquascape provides safe places for them and see if a dominant male is giving the other inhabitants of the colony a hard time.
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75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: My multi jumped out of its tank

Postby Dmhgrosso » Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:18 pm

DJRansome wrote:All my cichlids (and Synodontis) do that, the tank must be well covered.

That said, they do this because they are being chased and zoom toward the surface without knowing what will happen.

So you might look at the tank and see if the aquascape provides safe places for them and see if a dominant male is giving the other inhabitants of the colony a hard time.


Should I add some rock work? Right now I just have a bunch of escargot shells. What should I add?
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Re: My multi jumped out of its tank

Postby KitumbaKing » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:20 pm

As has been mentioned it is likely do to aggression. One thing I would check is your heater. Put your hand in the water and see if you feel any current. You might have a potential heater malfunction. I had a instance where one of my heaters was compromised and fish were jumping out because of current in the water.
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Re: My multi jumped out of its tank

Postby KitumbaKing » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:27 pm

Here is my 75 gallon aquarium with 2 pairs of lamprologus specious. I have a rock pile in the middle and a line of sight break on the right. It has done a good job of diffusing aggression.
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Re: My multi jumped out of its tank

Postby DJRansome » Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:57 pm

Multi's like a lot of shells, 100 is not too many. You could try adding shells, or if you see one male being too dominant you could try removing him.
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