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  1. #1

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    I have an eight month old son who is going to start crawling any day now. I have a 20gal that is on a stand I do not trust. It'll hold the tank but not if a baby tries to climb it. Considering the layout of my house I can put up gates to keep him out of that area of the house. This is my first child but I'm the oldest of seven. I know how kids are. That baby gate will do the job, but it'll be that one time I forget to put it up and I lose sight of him for a second. The tank is in a corner so I could try and put gates directly around the tank that would only be taken down when I'm cleaning it. Anyone have and suggestions how I can keep my fish... er my baby safe?
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    Back in the day, when big screen TVs were the size of a fridge (and weighed almost as much), you use to get a anchor to attached the back of the TV to a wall to keep it from falling forward. I would think you could find some type of bracket to attach the back and side of the stand to the wall. This would help keep things stable if your baby tries to pull hem/her self up to see the fish
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    +1 to anchoring the stand to the wall...there's many ways to do this.
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    You could possible relocate the tank to another room while your baby is crawling and move it back when he start walking or talking or you could get a good strong wood dresser that the tank is scooted tourd the back.

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    Put the tank on a more solid stand and remove all the food and medications from baby's reach, this is non-negotiable, do it. I was raised around tanks, I raised my two girls around tanks, and now my grandson is being raised around tanks. There has never been an issue because we always included the children as much as we could. Even at 8 months old, he can enjoy "helping", put him in his high chair in front of the tanks while you do water changes, so he can watch, show him the fish eating when you feed them. Talk to him about the fish and their upkeep, even now, it's never too young to start learning and talking to him at this age is good for him in other ways besides learning about what you are talking about. When he gets older let him help you hold part of the siphon, somewhere in the middle, not the ends.The older he gets, the more you can include him in. For now just show him how to sit in front of the tank. The more involved he feels, even now, the less likely he will be to destroy the tanks and hurt himself in the process.
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    Thanks for the ideas. Yes I will get a better stand and I like the idea of brackets.
    @ Mommy1, I already hold him up while I feed them and he loves watching them swim around and he's always with me during water changes. I love how interested he is with the whole thing. You are right, moving all the stuff off the shelf will help keep him from being interested in what is on said shelf.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    I heartily agree with Mommy1. If you don't trust the stand, that should be a concern even without the baby added to the issue.

    Keep in mind a 20 gallon weighs roughly 200 pounds, so a good stand for it should be pretty steady.

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