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post #1 of 13 Old 01-09-2018, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Fish disappeared

So guys this is very weird but one of my fish disappeared today.
In my tank I have 6 neon tetras, 3 glowlight tetras and one ghost shrimp.
I was doing some before bed maintenance such as gathering loose plant leaves and counting the fish when I noticed one of my glowlights missing. I counted 20 times. I even had my fiance count to make sure I wasn't going insane. I searched the tank all over thinking he was hiding or maybe even dead in a corner somewhere. I even checked the filter even though there was no way he could fit through the intake. He is no where. My only other thought is maybe he jumped but I didn't find a body anywhere outside the tank.
Is it possible that the other tetras finished him off between feeding time this morning and bedtime?

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-09-2018, 01:29 AM
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Id say the ghost shrimp finished him off - shrimp are excellent scavengers.

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I've never seen a ghost shrimp eat that fast. There is literally no sign this fish ever existed. It's amazing.

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post #4 of 13 Old 01-09-2018, 06:06 AM
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Yes the fish too may have eaten it. Or it’s still in the tank. Dead fish being carried around by the current can wind up in some hard to find places. Too, once that happens, a small fish like that breaks down pretty fast.

I’ve had fish “disappear” for months only to all of a sudden show up one day. Believe me I tore the tank apart looking and never found it.

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Well hopefully it shows up or I have enough plants in there to absorb the ammonia spike when he starts breaking down.

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post #6 of 13 Old 01-09-2018, 09:30 AM
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Isn’t your tank cycled?

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90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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It is. And I have a bunch of plants in it.

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post #8 of 13 Old 01-09-2018, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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However, I lost a Betta fish three years ago in a cycled tank when his Otto companion died and I didn't notice. The ammonia spiked and the Betta died. However there were no plants in that tank.

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-09-2018, 09:40 AM
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Yeah the plants will help. I think a big difference between then and now is the bioload of the tank. With more fish in the tank, the ammonia produced by a decaying fish accounts for a smaller portion of the overall burden on the bacteria. A single betta doesn’t support a large enough bacteria colony to handle the decaying fish, it would seem.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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It sure does seem that way. I've since stopped keeping Bettas. I seem to have the worse luck with them.

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