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allaboutfish 08-24-2012 06:54 PM

I think my Senegal bichrs died or escaped :(
 
So I haven't seen my senegals in a while. I'm pretty sure they've passed or gotten out of the tank and got killed by the dogs. There were very small holes in the hood where old canisters went and I didn't think they could escape but maybe they could've. I want to buy some larger ones or some ropes this time but how should makes sure they're gone? I don't wanna overstock of they are still there.
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TheWonderfulWub 08-24-2012 07:07 PM

You could get in the tank and move stuff around...? I mean, unless you put tracking devices on your fish, that's about the only way you're going to figure out whether they're still in there or not.

allaboutfish 08-24-2012 07:19 PM

I meant another way. I don't wanna mess up my scape. I feed brine shrimp and I didn't see either of them come out :(
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TheWonderfulWub 08-24-2012 07:54 PM

You may have to just move around some of the bigger items, at least enough to ensure they're not under there.

Olympia 08-24-2012 08:26 PM

Wasn't it your senegal that had that bloody red fin? Do not go out any buy any more polys until you find out what happened to your old ones! If they had escaped the tank you'd probably smell them by now. My thoughts are that they are in your rockwork, decomposing. Not good for any of the fish in the tank. You have to find the problem and fix it, or else it's going to happen again. I think the health of current/future fish is more important than your aquascape.
Ropefish are great escape artists, any hole over 1/4" must be blocked off, and blocked off well.

allaboutfish 08-24-2012 08:42 PM

That healed before the disappeared. So are you say I new to pick up all of the rocks? I'm scared I'll hit the side of the tank and crack it. Some of the rocks are pretty heavy and big. The rest of my fish are healthy.
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jaysee 08-25-2012 03:00 PM

I agree, they are likely dead in the rock work. Dead fish get wedge into places by the current.

allaboutfish 08-25-2012 03:09 PM

So I should move out everything?
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allaboutfish 08-25-2012 03:10 PM

My bristlenose pleco probably wouldve made short work of anything dead.
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Olympia 08-25-2012 03:11 PM

Yes, you really don't want to leave a dead body in your tank.

I'd probably remove the current fish for now if you can, drain the tank down a bit, and then start the search. :-)
Also, if you are planning on getting another bichir, and it does turn out your current ones were crushed, I highly suggest redoing your rock work to prevent another accident.


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