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post #1 of 11 Old 09-13-2011, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
ways to loose fish

There may be a thread on this already, but I couldn't find one. I've kept fish for about 9 months now. I was just thinking about all the ways I have lost fish, and that it would be instructive in interesting to see a list of "all" possibilities. I really do want to make a good home for my fish, but sometimes should have done more research. Below are all of mine (I think) to start it off.
Cheers and regrets,
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1) stress due to more aggressive species in tank (harlequin rasbora)
2) jumped out (Siamese algae eater, giant danio: it was probably the drying up that killed them)
3) yum, yum, fry (kribensis)
4) stress due to constant vigilance with natural predator of fry in tank (male kribensis)
5) stress due to lack of proper housing/hiding (male kribensis)
6) sucked into the canister filter (gold barb (1 died 1 saved), giant danio (saved), otocinclus (saved))
7) remained on net after maintenance (otocinclus: again, drying out BTW: only 1 of 8 that I have lost)
8) aggression from bigger fish of same species (gourami)
9) aggression from established fish of same species (gourami, kribensis (saved), red swordtail (saved))
10) aggression from change of mate (kribensis (saved))
11) disease (gold barb)

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-13-2011, 07:53 PM
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Awwww CuriousBurke. I think you need a hug!
How about:... and I am much older and much more experienced now and would never repeat any of these...!!
Dropped the fish bowl and then stepped on the Goldfish. Ewwwww! That was traumatic at 15 yrs.
Swam thru a ceramic pot and got stuck in the hole in the bottom. (Betta)
Wrong temperature water added to the tank.
No De-chlorinator in new water.
Cleaning the tank completely and not understanding the Nitrogen Cycle AT ALL!

Well.... Maybe a Newbie will read some of these and not make these mistakes. I regret them all. And Yes I've done all of yours too!

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-13-2011, 10:46 PM
fish jumped out, got syphoned out, killed by rivals, killed by mates, most babies being eaten, tetras being eaten, disease, bites, and thats about it

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post #4 of 11 Old 09-14-2011, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Awwww CuriousBurke. I think you need a hug!
How about:... and I am much older and much more experienced now and would never repeat any of these...!!
Dropped the fish bowl and then stepped on the Goldfish. Ewwwww! That was traumatic at 15 yrs.
Swam thru a ceramic pot and got stuck in the hole in the bottom. (Betta)
Wrong temperature water added to the tank.
No De-chlorinator in new water.
Cleaning the tank completely and not understanding the Nitrogen Cycle AT ALL!

Well.... Maybe a Newbie will read some of these and not make these mistakes. I regret them all. And Yes I've done all of yours too!
thanks for the sympathy! I wish I could say it wasn't a hard 9 months with the tank, but I'm learning.

You have some crazy ones there!
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-14-2011, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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fish jumped out, got syphoned out, killed by rivals, killed by mates, most babies being eaten, tetras being eaten, disease, bites, and thats about it
almost syphoned one, but turned the valve in time. also, almost made that biting mistake, but when I realized it wasn't breaded I decided not to
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-14-2011, 12:14 AM
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Well my most embrassing was when I was little, had two gold fish in a bowl. My aunt taught me how to "pet" the fish, and would pull them by their tail around in the bowl. I decided to try it myself, little to say the fish stopped swimming on its own, was reminded of that one for years from the family, must have only been about 5 or 6 I think


Since started with keeping fish on my own most recent was that one of my platys jumped out of the net (I think...) when I was doing my change over from gravel to substrate. That or she jumped out of the tub. Did not realize until later when I still could not see her in the tank and decided that it could not be that she was still hiding
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-14-2011, 12:14 AM
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I've lost all my fish to being uninformed about this hobby. I over fed, cleaned the entire tank once a week with no knowledge of the nitrogen cycle, not dechlorinating the water, tank was to small, agressive species were combined in a small tank. I am getting back into the hobby and I hope to never make those same mistakes again!

Advice for anyone new to the hobby: Do your research!! Before you do anything to your aquarium, take some time to research it. It has made a huge difference for me

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-14-2011, 11:28 AM
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i lost 8 fish for no known reason, which i think is the most frustrating of all, because you don't know what to change. admittedly, two of those were used to cycle the tank, the rest added afterwards. most showed no signs of being sick, just died. i did end up starting the entire thing over, keeping the filter material to avoid having to cycle the tank again. since the restart, i've only had two deaths, one from unknown cause but the fish was new (two days in my tank) and one i had to euthanize from having it's tail eaten (never have less than 5 tiger barbs, it doesn't end well). it has been four weeks since any deaths.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-14-2011, 02:11 PM
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Oto with his head stuck in the plastic part of a sponge filter...
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-15-2011, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Oto with his head stuck in the plastic part of a sponge filter...
hey, I guess it wasn't just me! Those otos get stuck
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