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Yeah... I have a few that were $30 each... and the others range from a few dollars to fifteen. Personally some of the ones that were cheaper I like best, better form and better personalities. I'm going to keep watch on them. But I just feel like it's happening too much. Though Danica was the shy one and seldom came to strut her stuff to me during feedings and Ini ALWAYS showed her stress stripes, no matter what I did. Secluded her, or in the sorority she was always stressed out. :(
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post #32 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 06:58 PM
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i would check around your fish tank. it could of jumped out.i have a 5 gallon qt tank.i put a pair of guppies in and in the morning the male was all dried up,he jumped out of the smallest and only opening by the filter. so yours could of jumped out
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I've checked around the tank multiple times, we don't have a cat so there's nothing to eat them... But I know it's not them jumping.
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Cannibal Girls

I realize this is an older thread, but I am now experiencing something similar... It seems to happen to the younger/smaller fish when I add them... But my girls are sneaky, they don't eat each other when I'm around and watching... I think they know when I leave, or the lights are off... and I come back to check, and ... where's your new little sister??!!

I have read about people who claim, "I have a male in with all my females, and they're fine" but they are typically told that when someone in the tank decides they're gonna do away with one of the fish, it happens FAST. And I think there's a difference between the change-up-in-dominance, when they flare and nip and curl up sideways at one another, to establish pecking order among the females.

Last time I actually upgraded to a new tank, I threw minnows in the tank -- call me crazy, but I wasn't willing to risk my "family" of betta girls; I figured if the feeder fish lived, the cycle was over... After I added the betta girls, I woke one morning to find a small minnow (partially) hanging out of my largest betta girl's mouth... So, I have this idea in my head that a sort of frenzy is possible if they decide they're gonna get rid of someone in the tank.


My current setup... Everyone* healthy and happy!

2.5 Gal: Mr. Limpet (1 male Betta) + snail, live plants - Betta Bulbs gone WILD -- he loves to curl up in them...
10 Gal, split divider: Mr. Poirot & Mr. Ballou (2 male bettas w/ black divider) + mystery snail, live plants - Betta Bulbs, Pothos, and water plants I can't pronounce...
29 Gal Sorority/Community: 10 Female Bettas (*1 is missing??!!), 3 minnows, 4 mystery snails, live plants - LOTS of Pothos, 1 mint, and water plants I can't pronounce...
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