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A rock killed my bristlenose. WARNING- Secure your hardscape!

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A rock killed my bristlenose. WARNING- Secure your hardscape!
Old 04-30-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
 
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A few days ago I added a sand substrate to my 5ft tank and the fish LOOOved it! They were all so happy digging away and doing the fish versions of snow angels. Fish made hills and valleys appeared overnight and I was happy because they were happy. Last night when I fed the fish I noticed one of them taking a particular intrest in a flowerpot cave, entering and exiting. This was strange as usually any fish entering would be chased out by the male bristlenose who lives there. I looked in the pot but no one was home, I located the female bristlenose safe under some wood but then found the male dead under a rock. He had dug up the sand to get under the rock, with little support it had then shifted position pinning the BN underneath. I just wanted to warn people that this kind of thing can easily happen, I'm going to make doubly sure from now on that all of my hardscape is supported by the base of the tank and not just the substrate. Its a bit more effort and makes your layout less flexible but if its going to help save lives then it's worth it.

Also lost my male Kribensis today, his mate chased him to death leaving around 60 fry fatherless .
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:25 PM   #2
 
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I'm so sorry to hear of your losses. . . :(

Thanks for the warning on the hard-scape. I almost lost a fish behind a poorly placed rock, I was lucky enough to have caught it in time. . . hopefully your sad story will keep some others from experiencing this kind of thing, too. Losing fish to things like this is always so heartbreaking. *cries*
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:16 AM   #3
 
Thanks Chesherca, I trully hope Spike is happy in fish paradise now. It was definitely NOT his time to go, he was so happy with his new sand:( and I miss him heaps.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
 
I'm so sorry for the loss of your fish.
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