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post #1 of 9 Old 11-15-2012, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 9 Old 11-15-2012, 07:38 AM
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?

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-15-2012, 07:44 AM
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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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post #4 of 9 Old 11-15-2012, 07:45 AM
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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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post #5 of 9 Old 11-15-2012, 04:11 PM
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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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post #6 of 9 Old 11-17-2012, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #7 of 9 Old 11-17-2012, 09:10 AM
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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post #8 of 9 Old 11-17-2012, 09:58 AM
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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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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-17-2012, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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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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