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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 03:31 AM
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I'm so sorry to read this.
I remember him arriving with you, and the care and enthusiasm you had in picking him out and prepping the tank for him.

I've had my own tragedy too.
Went away to stay with my parents for a week, leaving my husband in charge.
And when I got back, no sign of Midnight at all. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
I can only assume he died and has been eaten by snails and shrimp.

I have looked very carefully, in every corner. And there are a lot of hiding places and the tank is filled with plants.

No sign. And no ammonia spike, either!

Total disappearance.

It did my head in for a bit, but now... I just throw my hands in the air and wonder if I missed the ammonia spike while I was away. Very sad. He was a real character.

The Ember Tetras are doing fine though, and are significantly more perky now they have the tank to themselves, which is a pity. Makes me hesitate to put another Betta in there.

70litre tank: mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, male guppies, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
Midnight in the 57litre tank (Midnight) ember tetras, 1 amano, 1 ghost, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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Thank you bluesamphire, He was quite the boy. I'm so sorry about Midnight. No sign at all? Wow, I know in Cal's tank I've been missing a few Embers and Cory, I think it's due to the Zebra Danios. They haven't bothered Cal in any way but think they have killed a few of the other fish. The remaining Cory have covered up the crime. In order to really find the bones I would have to tear the tank up plants and all. I may take Cal out of the tank and tear up all the plants and remove the Danios. Right now I don't have another tank to put them in except the white porcelain bowl in the other room. (in fact if they continue to kill the other fish that's where they will be found. ) Or if they start on Cal they will be gone in a heart beat.
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Yes, I am very reluctant to dismantle the tank too.

I has crossed my mind that the little lad may have somehow jumped over the divider into the back filter section and then either starved or jumped again out of the tiny gap between the lid and the rear wall where the cables went. It is a Fluval Flex, so this scenario is astonishingly unlikely!
I have been delighted with the tank up until now.

Unfortunately the tank sits on a cabinet in an alcove, so getting a light and a sight angle down the back of the tank to look for corpses is impossible (I have tried).

Very demoralising though. Just a year into looking after Bettas and I have lost Valentine, No Name and Midnight. All young, and all in tanks with good parameters.
Val's death was due to a friend over feeding him in my absence but the other two... no explanation whatsoever.
I have total confidence that my husband didnt' do anything to kill him. So who knows?

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70litre tank: mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, male guppies, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
Midnight in the 57litre tank (Midnight) ember tetras, 1 amano, 1 ghost, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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Don't beat yourself up over these losses. I know we may not know the reason and never will. It's not our place to know. It is our place however when we take on the responsibility of another life, to care for and give them all we can to give them a better home than what they had. I lost my 9 year old Harry to old age and I know he had a very good life and gave back his love in many ways. Ben, who was a great clown and stress reliever was poisoned by a jerk. Then there was Blue who for no known reason died just lately. I Still have Gunny, Little Bee, Morry, and Cal to care for and they have been receiving more water changes and water testing then thy care to have, but I need to know they have the best. I will soon have a new boy with in the next 2 weeks and He too will have the very best I can give.

However I'd watch your better half real close. LOL (I know he didn't do anything to have this happen But you can always have him to blame instead of you. LOL) He's got big shoulders.
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Thank you bluesamphire, He was quite the boy. I'm so sorry about Midnight. No sign at all? Wow, I know in Cal's tank I've been missing a few Embers and Cory, I think it's due to the Zebra Danios. They haven't bothered Cal in any way but think they have killed a few of the other fish. The remaining Cory have covered up the crime. In order to really find the bones I would have to tear the tank up plants and all. I may take Cal out of the tank and tear up all the plants and remove the Danios. Right now I don't have another tank to put them in except the white porcelain bowl in the other room. (in fact if they continue to kill the other fish that's where they will be found. ) Or if they start on Cal they will be gone in a heart beat.

Personally I'd get rid of the zebras and replace them with celestial pearl danio if you want danio.
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No I want to get rid of the Danios altogether and put back the ember tetra and Cory I lost to the zebra.
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