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I'm sure everyone experiences this but

Discussion in 'Beginners Corner' started by ron1njdds, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. ron1njdds

    ron1njdds New Member

    Sep 24, 2018
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    You're looking at your fish and can't find one..after a thorough search you finally give up. Assuming it died, what do you do? Nothing..just let it decompose and hope your biofilter can keep up (we are talking about a small dither fish in a 20L tannin biotope tank with 85 gallons of filtration power) or tear everything apart and try to find it? In a heavily hardscaped and planted tank this seems crazy to me. What do all of my experienced fellow fish keepers do?
  2. Mbkemp

    Mbkemp Member

    Dec 19, 2016
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    I keep looking and they generally pop up at some point
  3. MickeM

    MickeM Active Member 5 Year Member

    Nov 28, 2013
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    (If it was a female from an Apisto-pair missing in a tank I`d wait for at least a week to see if she turns up from a cave with free swimming fry. )

    If it`s the last specimen of fish with no medical history gone missing , I would do a smaller waterchange (5-10%) , and then siphoning off/cleaning a small amount of the bottom-sand/gravel if possible. I might do this 2 or 3 times before adding any new fish!!
    If you are a not an experienced tank-owner , the best could be to ask an experienced one to have a look at the tank/set-up.
    If you`ve lost more than this last fish in a short period of time I`d change the strategy and maybe lift all the interior out with the water (to a bucket/quarantine tank) and then clean+ restart the tank..
    This is a common way to do it.. Especially when you keep+breed many species in several tanks at once.. (Apistos, Bettas, Killies, others..)
    Fish of this kind rarely lives longer than 3-5 years so death will happen nomatter if you want it or not..

    If other fish are still present in your tank I`d check them up carefully for parasites or bacterial infections before adding any new fish.