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post #21 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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They couldn't get in the filter. I have some sponge in there to keep the intake down a little. No way for them to get in there.
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post #22 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 03:48 PM
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Okay, just trying to think of the options. But then in this case i'll have to agree that she was eaten which isn't uncommon but I hope it doesn't happen again

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Is there a way to tell which it is? None really show too much aggression. I don't know. I can't really see a way to figure it out either. :( I keep thinking maybe if I feed them more during the day?
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It won't matter who it is, they'll all pick on the dead ones. Sorry for images, but dead meat is food for them no matter what or who it used to be. Even if you feed them, they'll keep eating.

I don't think one girl killed another, you would have seen the aggression even if it was flipped on a dime, that one would still be aggressive to others now. So it looks like your girl died of unknown causes and then the girls just ate from there. :-/

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I think nearly every fish will eat a fish that has died. I have found several half-eaten corpses in my tanks over the years.

Fish are opportunistic feeders. They don't know that they are in captivity and they are guaranteed regular feeds, so they take whatever they can get when they can get it, whether that is pellets or a dead tankmate.


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Well now I feel like I did something wrong.... I'm tempted to house them separately now. But that would take a lot of money I don't have right now.
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You can't do much, all you can do is prevent further deaths.

I think you should just leave them be, check on the fish every hour and check every single one closely; excluding the time you sleep. Keep note on any weird behaviors, I think we can all learn from this.

Good luck, I hope you find the reason that this happened. :I

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Don't feel like you've done anything wrong. Fish die for all sorts of reason, not just because of poor care. Unless you do an autopsy and 100% determine the cause of death there's no use blaming yourself.


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Thanks you guys! I'll leave them be for now, but it might be worth housing my quality girls separately.
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That might be a good idea.

Even the best of sororities will have some level of stress present because you are housing a group of aggressive and territorial fish together in close proximity. As most fishkeepers know stress can lead to disease or parasites taking advantage of particularly compromised fish. I think this is one of the main reasons why sororities do seem much more prone to sudden outbreaks of disease than other forms of 'community' tanks.

If you have some valuable or particularly prized females it may be better to house them individually as I think you do reduce the possibility of stress, disease and death by doing this.


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