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View Poll Results: What do you do to the tank when you find a fish has died?
I visually check the tank to make sure there are no sick fish, then I go about my day. 28 100.00%
I break the tank down, give it a good cleaning, toss the media and start the cycle all over 0 0%
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What do you do to the tank when a fish dies?
Old 07-26-2013, 02:15 PM   #11
 
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i pick the fish out while eating a slice of pie and watch my other fish to make sure they arent all hopped up on drugs like their buddy was.
Nice..
Jaysee jinxed one of my tanks with this thread. after responding I glance at my tank and my albino redfin zebra was dead. Freakked out tore it down and bleached everything..even bleached the remaining fish
Ok well no, not technically..but I did use bleach to clean my kids bathroom later
Grabbed the fish tossed it everyone seemed happy to be rid of him in the tank so...um yea. thats what I did(didn't have pie on hand, rexpepper..darn). Oh lets not forget called the fish store to see if any new F1s were in stock.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:38 PM   #12
 
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LOL!

:( Sorry to hear that. Weird coincidence....

Strange that anyone would tear down there tank amd clean it just because one fish died. Like everyone else I'd just be observant. Also test my water and do a water change maybe. Fish die for no reason sometimes (or so it seems.. maybe I kill them and don't realize!.). I think I'd try to avoid tearing it down at all costs either way just because the sheer amount of work....
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:37 PM   #13
 
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Nice..
Jaysee jinxed one of my tanks with this thread. after responding I glance at my tank and my albino redfin zebra was dead. Freakked out tore it down and bleached everything..even bleached the remaining fish
Ok well no, not technically..but I did use bleach to clean my kids bathroom later
Grabbed the fish tossed it everyone seemed happy to be rid of him in the tank so...um yea. thats what I did(didn't have pie on hand, rexpepper..darn). Oh lets not forget called the fish store to see if any new F1s were in stock.

man thats really messed up! you def need some pie now after that!
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:00 PM   #14
 
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I inspect the body and exam the rest of the fish in the tank, to make sure none of the others are acting/look off. Then test parameters and then do a 50-75% water change just to be safe.
Yeap, this is what I do as well... but I keep the water change in the 30-50% range.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:20 PM   #15
 
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man thats really messed up! you def need some pie now after that!
I settled for wine this evening... poured a little out for my homie.. JK!! wouldn't abuse alcohol like that. I sipped some for my little albino. OK thats a lie. I just drank some wine.
Didn't change water because I tested it 2 days ago and was straight 0-0-0.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:17 AM   #16
 
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I remove the dead fish, check it and than observe the tank for the next few days to make sure everyone is acting normal.

As Romad said the only time I would even consider tearing down a tank is if either some really bad disease got into the tank, or some how some type of chemical got in there. Knocking on wood now, don't need to jinx myself and have something happen to all the angel babies that I just placed into my tank.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:15 AM   #17
 
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Don't forget the mystical Disease Away Dance. If you don't do it EXACTLY RIGHT as you're bleaching the tank with a 94% bleach solution, all the mycobacteria will come back and eat your fish alive. mycobacteria are ACTUALLY the vashta nerada and they will eat your fish alive and then you'll have ghost fish living in your computer forever

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Old 07-28-2013, 06:13 AM   #18
 
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I would say it depends on the experience the fish keeper has. That is why we have this forum so questions can be answered for the beginners as well as the more advanced fish keepers. I only have one fish a Betta who lives in a 5 gallon cycled tank and I have been very lucky he has always been healthy and I am so thankful for this forum and those who helped teach me how to cycle a tank and also the proper care he needs and if he were to get sick and die this would be the first place I would come to for help in deciding how I should treat his tank if I were going to use it again for another Betta to live in. Good poll Jaysee thanks I will add my vote to it.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:51 PM   #19
 
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Freakked out tore it down and bleached everything..even bleached the remaining fish
Ok well no, not technically..but I did use bleach to clean my kids bathroom later
LMAO, that was pretty funny. Good one.

I say a couple of bad words, remove the fish, look for others and move on. Most of the time I just figure it was just time to go to fish heaven. Now if there are several dead or back to back days that I have lost fish, I will then look into the matter a bit deeper. Starting with parameter testing and back tracking was done/added last.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:43 AM   #20
 
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To be completely honest, sometimes I don't even remove the dead fish. Small dead fish are consumed by snails pretty quickly.
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