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post #1 of 13 Old 04-05-2013, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
What is eating my tetras?

Okay, in my 75 gallon tank i have 4 angel ( had 5 but one died). 4 platys and started with 10 black striped tetras. Oh and 1 big mysterg golden snail and 3 small blue ones. Now i have 8 tetras.... I have searched the tank high and low and can find absolutely no evidence of the 2 missing tetras. They disappeared within about a week of each other. There are no traces of the. Anywhere. Im assuming they got ate but idk of my angels could have managed that. They r still juvies. The 2 smaller ones are a little larger than 50 cent pieces an the 2 bigger are almost the size of the bottom on the coke can. My tetras r pretty big too tho. Is this possible. If not where else should i look? Ive checked under all decorations and driftwood, ive checked on the filters, and ive searched the whole tank..... I will post a pic of my fishies for better reference
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-05-2013, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
These are my tetras and angels
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I'd say that your angels may be large enough to pull that off... but I don't know if they tend towards doing that.

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post #5 of 13 Old 04-05-2013, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
My angels are meanies. I started with 5 and 1 of them was so disliked and bullied by the other angels that she died. The four remaining angels are the king and queen bees of the tank. Which i dont mind because reallh this tank is for them. I have no doubts they would try to eat the tetras but i have a hard time seeing them fit it into their mouths and not leave a single clue behind lol. Plus they always act starving when i feed them lol
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Angels will eat them but maybe the tetras died and the snail cleaned up the mess.

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post #7 of 13 Old 04-05-2013, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Angels will eat them but maybe the tetras died and the snail cleaned up the mess.
Well, that thought crossed my mind too cause i do have 4 snails. I count the tetras every single morning when i get home from work. Yesterday there was 9, this morning there were 8. Could the snails ( 1 mid size, 3 babies) eat it that quickly without not even a hint of a carcass left? Btw, my water params are perfect at 0,0,10
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post #8 of 13 Old 04-05-2013, 01:41 PM
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Well, that thought crossed my mind too cause i do have 4 snails. I count the tetras every single morning when i get home from work. Yesterday there was 9, this morning there were 8. Could the snails ( 1 mid size, 3 babies) eat it that quickly without not even a hint of a carcass left? Btw, my water params are perfect at 0,0,10
If you lost one fish, maybe, two... they're large enough that you should see something. If you are counting them regularly it's not like they were missing for days and I don't think the snails will eat fresh dead fish.

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post #9 of 13 Old 04-06-2013, 02:18 PM
Oh, my snails certainly eat dead fish. found a danio corpse that couldn't have beeb dead more than a couple days with snails all over it. i also had danios that disappeared more than once.

the angels probably helped though
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It is quite possible for a fish to die and be gone by morning, due to being eaten by snails and/or fish. The corpse might also be hidden under or behind something, and snails will easily eat it there too.

To the initial issue, yes, angelfish will readily eat--or attempt to eat--linear fish like these Black Neon Tetra. Linear tetra should not be combined with angelfish. The round disk-shaped species fare better with angelfish. Our profile mentions this, click on Pterophyllum scalare.

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