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post #1 of 9 Old 09-13-2013, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Missing Fish...

So, last night I noticed my male fancy guppy wasn't around for feeding time. Sometimes the fish sleep in the bubble mill house and I only worry if I don't see them all day. Well, this morning he was nowhere to be found! I lifted up and looked in the house and didn't see him (I'll look again tonight).He wasn't floating/sunk anywhere I could see either. I don't think he's big enough to fit up the filter tube but checked the filter area quickly and didn't see any fish. The biggest fish I have is a Molly (both male), so I don't think he would have been eaten, but I have no idea where else he could be. It's a 20 gal fish tank!


Gonna do another check tonight just to make sure he's not really good at hide and seek.
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-13-2013, 08:00 PM
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:( Did you find him?
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-14-2013, 02:52 AM
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Could he have jumped out? Many of the tropical fish we all love can jump like crazy. If a olly spooked him he may have missed the tank on re-entery. If you have a hood, check the bottom to see if he jumped and stuck.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-14-2013, 11:28 AM
exactly check around the thank. ive had fish disappear to never be found. its annoying and frustrating. for a long time i had a platy missing but found it was an amazing hider. hiding in the floating plats i have. it was injured its fine now and out and about! sometimes it may seem like its gone but is just hiding where you cant seE! hope you find your little buddy!
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So, last night I noticed my male fancy guppy wasn't around for feeding time. Sometimes the fish sleep in the bubble mill house and I only worry if I don't see them all day. Well, this morning he was nowhere to be found! I lifted up and looked in the house and didn't see him (I'll look again tonight).He wasn't floating/sunk anywhere I could see either. I don't think he's big enough to fit up the filter tube but checked the filter area quickly and didn't see any fish. The biggest fish I have is a Molly (both male), so I don't think he would have been eaten, but I have no idea where else he could be. It's a 20 gal fish tank!


Gonna do another check tonight just to make sure he's not really good at hide and seek.
I have had a similar occurrence. I moved 2 Serpae tetra from my QT to the DT. I had bought three, one didn't survive the QT. Two days after I noticed that one of the Serpae was missing. I checked all around the tank and I cleaned the filter a day or two later no sign of the fish anywhere. A day or two later the second Serpae was missing. Same check same result. I didn't know what to think, I still don't.

However, two weeks ago I moved six Black Neon Tetra from the QT to the DT. A day later I missed one Black Neon at feeding time. Same search, same result. Still missing.

As background, in the first instance there was an older Serpae that had been there from first stocking along with 4 platies. At that time I also I also added two more platies. They are still there and thriving. An additional fact is that one of the original platies seemed to be chasing the other platies , never catching any of them.

My first thought was "a serial killer platy"? ROFLMAO!!!

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post #6 of 9 Old 09-16-2013, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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I found him...or what was left of him anyway. :(
I'm still not sure what happened but I scooped his remains out of the tank.

R.I.P. Zippy
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I found him...or what was left of him anyway. :(
I'm still not sure what happened but I scooped his remains out of the tank.

R.I.P. Zippy
I'm so sorry RIP Zippy


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post #8 of 9 Old 09-16-2013, 05:54 PM
Sorry for the loss.

I never found the remains for any of the missing.

I think I figured out what happened to the black neon. when I moved him and his compatriots to the DT he was the last I caught. I chased him for quite a while and the main reason I caught him was he gave up. I suspect he got over stressed and died. I had pond snail infestation which probably accounted for his disappearance.

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post #9 of 9 Old 09-17-2013, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Admittedly, Zippy was a bit of a fish bully and kinda had it coming if he was done in by a tank mate.
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