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I think I am missing some tetras:(
I think I bought 6 Neon Tetras ~ but I only have 4 now. Don't little fish float if they die? Or would someone eat them?
I don't know though ~ My receipt is very confusing so I called the lfs and they said it looks like I got 6 ~ and my siggy states 6.
I am bummed:(
It happens, especially with a fish as small as a neon tetra. Sometimes other fish eat them, sometimes they get sucked up in the filter and sometimes they just eaten by bacteria just like any other bio-waste. Neons are notoriously easy fish to kill because of many years of poor breeding. I would definately keep an eye out for more fish dying though, and watch your tank parameters. If a fish or two did die you may see a spike in ammonia, nitrite or nitrate.
Thank you! Do you really think 2 fish this little and I'm talkin teensy weensy ~ would spike ammonia in a 125?
Crapums. I better check it out.
"crapums"?? LOL ;-)
In my tank I started out with 21 cardinals and I'm now done to just 13. The little suckers keep getting sucked up and into the overflow (or into the mouth if my Pictus) they go, only to be sucked up against the prefilter. I've never had a spike in water parameters because of this, they are so little and the tank is a 100. I wouldn't think you'd see a spike either. They are delicate fish, especially when they are new to the tank. If they can make it past the first month or so they generally will live a long time. It's possible the ones you purchased from the LFS weren't incredibly hardy because they were fresh arivals to the store? Typical of neons, cardinals, otos, etc, to be less hardy when they are newly arrived.
No there is no way they will cause an ammonia spike in a tank that big. But I would be willing to bet that they are laying on the bottom of your tank somewhere. When you are looking for them be sure to look from all angles (front, back, sides, and top) and under/around all plants/decorations because the glass and water together distorts your vision and it is very easy to overlook that small of a fish. I have a 55g tank and I spent about 10 minutes trying to find a zebra danio that died the other day. Keep looking and goodluck!
I have been trying to count my Rummynose Tetras but they just won't play well and STOP for an accurate number! lol!
I have known people that found a few discus in the filters and on the floor.:-(
I had cichlid fry commit mass suicide.. Over 4 days, 14 fish jumped out of the tank. Didn't notice until I looked at the tank and thought it looked empty. :(
What fish do you have in the tank? Anything large?
Do you have snails?
Fish don't float for long... I believe (depending on what they die of) they either sink for several hours, float for about 8 hours, then sink again, or float first and then sink. (They float because of gas buildup in their tissues due to decomposition, and sometimes their swim bladder as well.)
If you don't have anything too large, I'd get some ghost shrimp.. Awesome little scavengers. If you have snails, they'll do it as well.
My fish are in my siggy below. I was thinking of ghost shrimp....how many do you think?
considering they're sold as food and are dirt cheap, you could easily do 10-15. They will attack sick/dying fish though... They're carnivorous, but they're also slow.
I like them in my guppy fry tanks for that reason- survival of the fittest. I bet they'd eat fish eggs if something spawned...
I'd also get 5-6 Nerite snails of whatever kind you like. They don't breed in freshwater and are very attractive- perhaps the zebra or corona nerites....
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