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patadams66 08-21-2011 10:26 AM

AHH The Emperor is dead!

so i awoke today to 4 dead Emp Tetras and 1 that had his Tail missing, poor guy. (euthanized him)

So i got my nice chair pulled it up to the aquarium and i notice that a coupe other emps have marks (i assume bite marks) on them.

i continue to watch and these Giant Danios i used to cycle the tank (that i didnt want, but i have a hard time telling people no)

anyway these danios are vvverrry aggressive feeders and i notice them really picking on all the other fish in the tank even the rainbows.

i have never "rehomed" fish before, i got them quite a while ago, what should i do? bc they have to go

they cost $1.75 each and and i dont want them killing the 250$ worth of fish i have in there :(

im kind of frugal so i cant help looking at it from a $ perspective, but i also really like the emp tetras and Melanotaenia boesemani and Puntius denisonii the 15 Cory i have.

anyway advice on rehoming anyone? do i just take them back to the store?

Byron 08-21-2011 12:42 PM

Ask the store(s). Some stores will take fish (may or may not credit you for them). If none, try other aquarists in the area (if you have a local fish club or something). Last resort, you may have to destroy them or watch them destroy everything else.

You've learned the lesson the hard way. Always research a fish before acquiring it, always. Know what it needs, what it will become, how it will likely behave, and make sure you have a suitable environment to keep it long-term. Perhaps others can learn and avoid similar from your experience.


Angel079 08-21-2011 02:35 PM

I'd try Byron's ideas first.

You have all the fish in your post plus what's in your signature in one 55g? Was it me and I couldn't give the fish to a store I think it'd split them up by their needs & behavior into 2 if not 3 tanks.

patadams66 08-21-2011 07:31 PM

no the tank i am talking about is one not in the signature lol gonna have to remove the signature, confuses too many people haha

patadams66 08-21-2011 07:32 PM

and btw catching mollies and platies in a non planted is bad, but catching these fast as heck danios in a planted 55 with driftwood is just aweful

Romad 08-21-2011 07:51 PM


Originally Posted by patadams66 (Post 793636)
and btw catching mollies and platies in a non planted is bad, but catching these fast as heck danios in a planted 55 with driftwood is just aweful

I'll bet. Did you try using two nets? Tease them into one net by using the other. I find that the easiest way.

Byron 08-22-2011 10:23 AM

I use the one net/one hand method. Hold the net in a suitable spot such as along the front glass, and use your other hand to get the fish to swim into the net. It is usually easier to maneuver your free hand among plants and such without pulling the tank apart. If the net isn't moving, they will often swim straight in. And using a black net means the fish cannot see it. They can detect movement though, so don't move it.

Romad 08-22-2011 10:35 AM

Byron - good point on the black net. I use the big black net to catch the fish and a small blue one to gently chase them into the black catchers net.

The only reason I use two nets is because the tiger barbs think its fun to nip at my arms or fingers any time I have my hands in the tank. As much as I think I'm prepared for it, it startles me every time.

patadams66 08-22-2011 11:01 AM

my net is blue ><

Byron 08-22-2011 11:28 AM


Originally Posted by patadams66 (Post 794485)
my net is blue ><

No problem. One of my nets is white and another is green. I only mentinoed about the black net because apparently fish cannot see it--unless it moves, then they detect the movement. But the methods described work with any net.

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