View Full Version : 2 day old midas blenny jumper

04-23-2017, 02:00 AM
My 2 day old midas blenny decided to laminate surf this evening.

Somehow he got behind the cabinet too, thank god I left it 2-3 inches from the wall and was able to squeeze the net in and scoop him up before he flopped under it and was 100% dead.

I managed to get him back in the tank in about a minute or so? but he sank to the bottom very close to his hiding spot with dust all over his face. My fire shrimp came over immediately to assess and he snapped awake and into the hiding spot. Seems to be hiding out, can see a bit of breathing. Turned the lights out to reduce stress.

No tank net... idiot! I'm getting the stuff for one ASAP, what can I cover it with in the meantime to prevent this? Any household temp uses? Saran wrap with a ton of holes?

04-23-2017, 02:08 AM
Cover it with anything really, the tank can survive a day with no light from the top. Pick up some black bridal tulle from a fabric shop and a window kit from home depot / rona, etc.

04-23-2017, 02:15 AM
ya i found some folders that were long enough and perched them on top until I can make the top tomorrow. fingers crossed he turns out ok!

04-23-2017, 03:48 AM
Heck, just use some packing tape long the ledge to essentially increase the wall height by another 2 inches until you can DIY a screen

04-25-2017, 06:17 PM
Little dude survived and is doing well!!! Stoked!

05-02-2017, 04:55 AM
Little dude survived and is doing well!!! Stoked!

I had the net off to feed mysis to the fish and coral tonight and this IDIOT jumped again! I didn't realize I had a canon in the tank capable of shooting him that fast and that high out of the tank, incredible.

Dude is now breathing in his hiding spot...

tang daddy
05-02-2017, 01:45 PM
Somebody call 911, we got a jumper!

05-03-2017, 02:27 AM
Ha wow!! Good thing you're around to save his life! I guess Darwin didn't tell him about aquariums.

05-03-2017, 03:49 AM
Atleast you have learned your lesson, you better choose a fabric for the meantime but immediately purchase the right cover so that it won't happen again.

05-15-2017, 05:22 AM
happy to report the goof blenny jumped again when i moved the mag float and hit the net, stayed in the tank :biggrin:!

05-15-2017, 04:25 PM
What a character haha. I recently got one as well but mine is behaving well so far - I do have mesh top though.

joe pooh
08-16-2017, 09:54 PM
had an orange spot goby jump out. found him dried up on the floor like fish jerky. got another, same thing. i told the guy at LFS and he said, yeah, they do that. i made a lid out of plexiglass. just cut around the pluming and skimmer. i have a blue dot (not to be confused with a blue spot)goby now. used the lid for a couple of months and then stopped using it. has not jumped out yet. perhaps he thinks it is still there. sometimes i think he threatens to jump. will swim near the top for a while or dart 3/4 of the way up and then stay.

stopped using the lid as i find it inconvenient when i do water changes, or pick up frags knocked down by fish. i also like to move my rocks around every so often.

*note about the ho'made plexiglass lid. the tank is 4'x1' i think, 130 gallons. the lid aside from the plumbing was also cut in half to rest on the part of the rim that goes down the middle. it started to sag. i did not think it was an issue, but i mention it because it looks ho'made. my light rests directly on top of it.

09-12-2017, 10:20 PM
So time for an update... have been leaving the net off the top.

Get home from work at 5pm yesterday and only see 3 fish, but figure ok he's just perching in a normal hiding spot. Take the dog out, feed the dog, go get a slurpy, and come back about 35 mins after originally arriving home. Still don't see Gus...

I start asking my dog if he ate Gus, because I don't see him anywhere IN the tank or OUT. Then I see a bubble in the 2 gal pail of water I have next to the tank. It's been left there for a week since my last WC (was too lazy to just dump it).

Somehow, blenny Gus jumped out of the tank and into the dirty, no air exchange, no heater, sitting stagnant for a week after WC water. He was there at least 35 minutes, probably much longer, gasping for air at the surface.

Scoop the idiot out, dunk him back in the tank, heads to hiding spot and somehow regained all color and started eating again in less than 3 hours. UNBELIEVABLE FISH - HOW MANY LIVES DOES HE HAVE?!?

09-12-2017, 11:22 PM
I have egg crate with fine mesh netting on top which I have had to repair several times due to jumpers breaking the egg crate it's amazing how much power a 3" fish has