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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Disappearing Tetras?

Okay, so last night I went to the LFS and picked up six cardinal tetras. I acclimated them to my tank water with the drip method for 45 minutes, originally Eustice was curious about the new critters, but then stopped wandering around after the first 20 minutes. Once I put all six into the tank they immediately came into a shoal and everything was just peachy. This is where the mystery starts. I went to sleep last night around midnight and they were all present. But when I woke up like thrity minutes ago, I could only find three . So this begs the question, where did they other half go?!? Is it possible for them to jump? (Even though my tank is fully covered) Could Eustice have only been pretending to be passive with them just so he could eat them? (But, where would the remains go?) Did the other tetras eat them? (But wouldn't I find atleast some kind of remains again?) Or are they just hiding in all the plants? (Hopefully this one )

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Probably hiding.

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Most likely streesed about the trip, probably hiding. I would poke around with the net to find them.

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Most likely streesed about the trip, probably hiding. I would poke around with the net to find them.
Oh don't poke around! Treat this like a game and try and 'Spot' them XD

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Well, I'll just let them adjust if they are hiding. We'll see what happens

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Usually when fish die they end up wedged under decor because the other fish are 'picking' at them and pushing them around. It's best to be sure they're not dead in there because three dead fish are going to give you a big ammonia spike. Start pulling out decor and stirring things up. I hope you find them!

Also, check the filter housing. I doubt it but sometimes fish swim up the filter and get into the housing.

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I have a sponge over the filter intake, but the wedging thing seems plausible, I'm gonna go look now. :/

Also, my betta I have in there with them has become more sluggish, and just stays floating near the top. Should I be worried?

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Maybe he's just full of.... um... food? :\

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Maybe he's just full of.... um... food? :\

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I doubt it...

Drax will eat the human equivalent to 4 Big Macs and still flutter off like a humming bird.

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I think he munched them. I never mix tetra with males...they have always eaten them.

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