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simana 06-06-2012 10:51 PM

My fish missing
I just started an 80 gallon tank and cycled it. After the week was complete, I added four small fish as instructed by my local store. I just got home and two of them are missing, no where to be found??? I am wondering if they went down the tube? What should I do?
Is there a chance of finding them in the sump or the filtration system?

Would it make a bad smell if I leave them there?

thanks in advance.

Tcook1355 06-07-2012 12:56 AM

I would definitely try to find your "missing" fish. From what I've learned so far there could be many possibilities to where they are...they could simply be hiding in the rock/ decoration. I would still search for them because if they are dead in your tank not only will it smell it will cause a spike in your ammonia levels which is dangerous to your other fish

Eddie1KRR 06-07-2012 01:36 AM

I've had missing fish twice, and both in newer tanks.

Unfortunately, in both cases i found them caught in the filter media (multi stage)
Whatever your filter set up, pull the media and see what you find. In my case, I don't even know how the fish fit through the intake openings, but apparently did.

thekoimaiden 06-07-2012 08:55 AM

It sounds like your local store was trying to have you cycle the tank but didn't explain what a cycle is. This article will explain the aquarium cycle.

I wouldn't be surprised if your missing fish was dead. The others might have eaten them. But first check the filter system. It is entirely possible they could be in there.

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