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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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post #21 of 30 Old 01-27-2014, 10:01 AM
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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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post #22 of 30 Old 01-27-2014, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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What do you do to the tank when a fish dies?

Snails need to eat too
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post #23 of 30 Old 01-29-2014, 09:51 AM
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I remove the dead fish, usually with a swear word or two, especially if it was a favorite, check the others then go about my day. If I'm not feeling lazy I may do a water change.
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post #24 of 30 Old 01-29-2014, 01:09 PM
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This is a great poll because many people that I know would drain the tank and sanatize ( if they didn't talk to me first) which would be a huge waste of time and totaly counterproductive. I remove the dead fish, inspect the other fish, change 25% water and add 2x prime just to be sure. I haven't had a fish die for a couple years and last time I did have deaths I knew why- the heater became unplugged overnight.

Draining/ sanatizing the tank would stress the other fish, destroy beneficial bacteria colonies, disrupt water quality...no need to go on.

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post #25 of 30 Old 01-29-2014, 01:35 PM
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i hook them out as quick as possible if i can coz they really pong !!!
like nasty pong ! and if it's been in there a while they squidge when you
go to pick them up and all the squishy insides comes out and that pongs
even worse .
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i hook them out as quick as possible if i can coz they really pong !!!
like nasty pong ! and if it's been in there a while they squidge when you
go to pick them up and all the squishy insides comes out and that pongs
even worse .
I wouldn't even dream of bare hands pick up. Ewwwww..... It's the net or nothing for me.
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post #27 of 30 Old 01-29-2014, 04:32 PM
take the fish out, if no bite marks i do a water change and add some melafix and carry on.

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post #28 of 30 Old 01-29-2014, 07:13 PM
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I wouldn't even dream of bare hands pick up. Ewwwww..... It's the net or nothing for me.

Then I will not tell you how I handled the last dead fish in my house hahaa
Shhh Jaysee ! Don't tell her lol


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post #29 of 30 Old 01-29-2014, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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She made her 5 year old daughter bob for it like an apple!!
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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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post #30 of 30 Old 01-29-2014, 08:25 PM
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omg!lol. you are mental.
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