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Old 11-15-2012, 04:59 AM   #1
 
Missing Fish

I always count my fish at feeding time and today I noticed I have an Ember Tetra missing. I even know which one it is as I had one that was smaller than the rest, a lively little guy who was always very brave at feeding time. I also did a water test and noticed a slight rise in ammonia. I did a 25% water change and looked for a dead fish but without success, not surprising as I have quite a few live plants. I will continue to do water changes but if I can't find him should I remove all the plants so I can look among them, or will the additional ammonia from a decaying fish gradually dissipate?

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:38 AM   #2
 
With careful examination, you would likely find him in the plants. Do you have any other decor like wood or rocks? It's amazing how a dead fish can become almost buried behind, nearly under decor...
Although remote, perhaps he jumped out?

Good luck.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:44 AM   #3
 
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Not terribly uncommon either for the other fish to feast on a dead one. Doesn't take long for them to pick their bones clean.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:45 AM   #4
 
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sometimes they can never be found.
after a few days, there may be very little left as well; all that one eventually does find is a fish skeleton.
no, I would not uproot everything, pick things up.
it's amazing how much grunge this can stir up.
and I do vacuum my gravel during my weekly water changes.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:11 PM   #5
 
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I agree. You haven't mentioned the other tank inhabitants, but a dead Ember is almost certain to get eaten over-night by a number of fish, particularly any catfish/pleco which are active at night. The ammonia is not an issue, especially with live plants.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:00 AM   #6
 
Thanks to all of you.

I do have rocks and driftwood which I remove weekly when I syphon the gravel. I have 7 cory catfish which might have eaten the little chap, also a couple of hillstream loach. The water flow at the surface is also quite strong so I would be surprised if he had managed to jump out but I checked behind the aquarium anyway.

The small rise in ammonia seems to have fallen back to zero now so I'm not too worried.

Incidentally, I have a lovely piece of video of my hillstream loach doing a mating dance. I would upload it if I knew how
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:10 AM   #7
 
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one of my golden zebras disappeared never to be found its a mystery some of them woulde go missing for a week and then be back but he never reappeared I had 2 with lines accross them only have one now a guy at the lfs store told me he had a friend whos 2 loaches lived in the cannister filter he would clean it out but them back in the tank and then they would dissappear back in the cannister filter
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:58 AM   #8
 
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Incidentally, I have a lovely piece of video of my hillstream loach doing a mating dance. I would upload it if I knew how
You can upload photos but not videos directly. Other members upload the videos to a site like Youtube or similar, then post the link.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:05 PM   #9
 
I think I've done it


I probably should have put it somewhere different, sorry. Feel free to move it to a more appropriate section of the forum.

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