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Danio meets filter = bad
recently as i looked in my tank i was shocked to see one of my zebra danios had either been sucked or had swam into my filter (judging by the way he was facing it looked more like he swam into it) and i was wondering if any other danio owners have had this problem.
is it possible my filter is too strong? or does this happen often with these small fish (he's only very small, only had him for a couple of days) I managed to extract him carefully and he seems fine (no signs of stress and i couldnt see any injuries)
any suggestions as to reducing the chance of this happening again would be much appreciated as i am a noob in this area. I have an Otto 8 watt filter and a 15 gallon tank.
thanks in advance,
Uh those lil' caazy's . My danios have swam up my vacuum and into my intake even into my net while i was catching some tetras, i finally had to catch them too and picl them out later.They are very curious . Thank god they're tough as nails.
I'm sorry, i don't know about that filter. I've read that sometimes it is necessary to put a screen over an intake.
You want a strainer over the intake in order to prevent this sort of thing from happening. The filter should have one, if it doesn't the you may want to use something like plastic netting or the like to do the job.
I agree, I usually use a sponge to block the intake of the filter if I have small fish in the tank. A sponge also works as a prefilter.
A sponge would do fine, just as redcap said. But if you're worried that it might obstruct or weaken your intake, then a screen or fine, thin cloth would do the job.
Welcome to FishForum Jamjam89. I would highly recommend that if you have any gaps at the top of the tank at all, to cover then up with a piece of mesh or the likes. I've had danios jump into the filter and also clean out of the tank and onto the floor.
danios seem to be prone to this kind of thing look over the forums danios stuck in this,jumped out of that,burned to death on the lighting(mine) the things are a menace to themselves:-D
I just recently had a fancy goldfish get his tail sucked into the filter, twice. His fins are shredded. I'm really thinking I'm gonna have a fish funeral here soon. I'm gonna have to see about getting some mesh or something.
My GF came home to see one of my Danios on the kitchen floor yesterday...
I had two but 2-1=1 Poor guy is all by himself, Time to restock!
I'm not really familiar with that filter, but danios are very strong swimmers so unless the filter is an absolute monster, I can't picture a healthy danio getting stuck on it. It's possible he might have been sick or otherwise weakened.
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