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Missing guppy. Can zebra danio or ghost shrimp eat fancy guppy?
Old 06-11-2014, 12:46 AM   #1
 
Question Missing guppy. Can zebra danio or ghost shrimp eat fancy guppy?

I have 1 balloon molly, 7 harlequin rasbora, 7 neon tetra, 1 swordtail & 1 assorted male fancy guppy (~ 1.5") in my 36-gal tank. My friend recently moved out and gave me 2 relatively big ghost shrimps (> 1 yr old) & 1 zebra danio (~ 1.5"). Strange enough the very next day, my guppy gone missing without any trace :( I looked all over the living room, checked out my filter & under decoration rock & plants. I mean everywhere I can think of. Not even a sign of the guppy

Was the zebra danio or ghost shrimp the culprit? Anybody experienced this before? I feel really bad for the guppy :(
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:05 AM   #2
 
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I have 1 balloon molly, 7 harlequin rasbora, 7 neon tetra, 1 swordtail & 1 assorted male fancy guppy (~ 1.5") in my 36-gal tank. My friend recently moved out and gave me 2 relatively big ghost shrimps (> 1 yr old) & 1 zebra danio (~ 1.5"). Strange enough the very next day, my guppy gone missing without any trace :( I looked all over the living room, checked out my filter & under decoration rock & plants. I mean everywhere I can think of. Not even a sign of the guppy

Was the zebra danio or ghost shrimp the culprit? Anybody experienced this before? I feel really bad for the guppy :(
This might sound harsh and its certainly not intended to.... but check the carpet on the floor behind and around the tank...even the area under the cabinet... I had a simalar incident.... and then one day cracked it... a very self satisfied looking cat!.... Do yuo have pets like cats? they love fresh fish!!!!

The simple fact is that guppies CAN be jumpers if startled and with fast swimming danios in the tank that might be a possibility.... i guess what im saying is look globally.... "outside the box".... Good luck.... oh and fit a cover glass if you don't already have one... if you do, still check the area around the floor anyway... you would be amazed at the things that can happen.
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A dead fish being pushed around by the filter can get stuck in some really right spots, so it still may be in the tank somewhere. Or as was said, could be on the floor somewhere.
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This might sound harsh and its certainly not intended to.... but check the carpet on the floor behind and around the tank...even the area under the cabinet... I had a simalar incident.... and then one day cracked it... a very self satisfied looking cat!.... Do yuo have pets like cats? they love fresh fish!!!!

The simple fact is that guppies CAN be jumpers if startled and with fast swimming danios in the tank that might be a possibility.... i guess what im saying is look globally.... "outside the box".... Good luck.... oh and fit a cover glass if you don't already have one... if you do, still check the area around the floor anyway... you would be amazed at the things that can happen.
Thank you Snappyarcher! We don't have any pet. I also have a cover on top of the tank, the only open space is where the HOB filter is. I did check every corner in my apt using flashlight: under the couch nearby, furniture, storage areas & kitchen. Everywhere :)

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A dead fish being pushed around by the filter can get stuck in some really right spots, so it still may be in the tank somewhere. Or as was said, could be on the floor somewhere.
I checked inside the tank few times, decorative plants & rock but saw nothing. I'll see if I find something when I do gravel pump this weekend

Btw, I found this thread where the OP experienced a killer shrimp

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I've got a serial killer in my tank. I started off with 6 Neon Tetras and 3 Guppies (1 male, 2 female). I added a Ghost Shrimp to help clear the bottom of the tank and to add a little bit of interest in addition to the fish.

I had a spell of fish deaths that I couldn't explain, I thought about disease or fish on fish but it didn't seem right.

I'm now down to 2 Tetras. I was wondering why on Earth this was happening until the other day when I saw my male Guppy being held and eaten by the Ghost Shrimp. I then observed the tank for a while and it appears the Shrimp has claimed one of the ornaments as it's home. The dark cave that you can't see inside has become it's lair. If I drop food in the tank and it gets anywhere near the shrimp he grabs it, takes it in to his lair and that's it, the fish accept it's gone. They don't even swim near him any more because the second they get close to him his pincers are up in a menacing manner and he takes a swipe at them.

Where ever the shrimp goes in the tank the other fish swim away quickly.

He tends to hide most of the day in his cave, so you don't see him at all. If food drops in the tank he sticks his head out and he has an incredible appetite. On top of that he's growing at a ridiculously fast rate, he's got twice his original size in around 4 weeks! And this new size has given him new attitude. Even if a fish lands on the outside of his cave he's out like a shot and chases them off fiercely.

When night falls in the tank the shrimp is out and about. Initially he used to spend his time just digging in the gravel for food. He was strong and could lift the gravel and move it no problem. Now he's not so interested in that and instead he's showing predatory behaviour! He actually moves silently around the tank and looks for sleeping fish before pouncing on them. My fish have all started sleeping at the top of the tank and he now leaves them alone, but I noticed today that there was a chunk of my fancy Guppy's tale missing and I saw it laying on the floor of the tank.

I also have a dwarf frog, not clawed, in the tank. The day he went in there it was day light. The shrimp watched the frog get introduced to the water in the usual manner and as it was finally released and it floated to the bottom of the tank the shrimp watched from it's cave opening. The frog swam around and landed somewhere near the cave. The shrimp, in daylight, was like a tiger. It moved slowly and very quietly up behind the frog and then pounced on it, grabbing it's hind legs and then it tried to drag the frog backwards in to it's cave. The frog, being bigger than the shrimp, just kicked the shrimp in the face and swam off, but the shrimp wasn't put off. Ever since this introduction the shrimp has stalked the frog every hour or two, grabbing at it and causing the frog to swim off. I was hoping that the two would sort their differences out and then get on with their lives as the fish store suggested.

The frog doesn't cause any problems. It initially scared the Guppies with it's rapid ascent to the surface for air but they soon got used to that. The rest of the fish all get on well too. The only problem in this tank is the shrimp, he's a vicious bugger and he seems to want to eat everything including the fish and the frog.

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I had what i believe was a ghost shrimp once. One day I saw it holding a guppy with it's legs eating it alive. I disturbed the shrimp, caught it, then fed to old flat mates friends trigger picasso. The guppy survived for about 3 days then died.

From now on I will stick to amano and bamboo shrimps.

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