06-12-2014, 10:00 AM
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Red Tail Sternella Pleco L-114 - Dead or Hiding REALLY Well...
I just purchased a Red Tail Sternella Pleco (L-114) from my LFS over the weekend, and placed it in my 125 Gallon Community Tank. I watched as it disappeared into a hollow log decoration shortly after placing it in the tank, and have not seen it since. Since this was a relatively large investment for me (I paid $50 for a 2" specimen in perfect shape, this thing is beautiful), I decided to pull up my decorations and driftwood last night so I could rest easy that it is at least still alive. Unfortunately, I'm now worried even more that it is dead. I pulled every single decoration up (including driftwood) and inspected them thoroughly, and could not spot it. My full grown clown and bristlenose plecos are not always easy to spot either, but I can usually spot them without having to move anything around. I was able to spot both of them before my ispection last night... just no Red Tail Sternella.
So here's my question: Does anyone here have any previous experience where they could not find a fish, and then it just showed up later down the road? I'm still holding out hope that I missed him somehow, as there's a big pirate ship decoration in my tank that doubles as a cave that I wasn't able to fully inspect underneath. When I moved it, my bristlenose swam out and darted to the other side of the tank. Or maybe the red tail moved to another hiding spot while I was inspecting things, and I didn't see it. There are quite a few hiding places in a 6' tank. I know that I should see more of this new guy as he gets bigger, but I'm worried that he may have died since I haven't seen him and can't seem to find him in the tank. It seems like there would be some part of his carcass left after just 4 days of him being in the tank if that was the case though.
This has me perplexed to say the least. If any of you have had a similar experience, I would really like to hear from you.