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So I am now down 2 females in my sorority. The first was Ini (Gem's sister) and there was no trace of her AT ALL. I did a complete tear down, and sifted the sand. My only guess is she was eaten...

Now about a week after Ini, Danica my little yellow dragon has disappeared without a trace. I'm so sad...

Has anyone experienced this? And how do you put a stop to it? I don't want anymore of my girls dying!
 

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I think you should calm down first. lol :D
Animals eat animals, excluding herbivores and whatever.

Betta fish will eat dead fish, if given the chance. In my experience, my past sorority ate a dead guppy, their choice. @[email protected] I think the females that disappeared, died first and then your girls ate them.
 

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I don't see how they would have died. I check on them all of the time, and they're all super healthy. :( I think maybe one initiates a massacre of another one of them.

Now that I think of it though, they were only eaten when I didn't have a male in a QT cup floating in the tank. Could it be because they're hormonal and mad because they didn't 'get any'? <-Small chuckle at that one.

Still, they don't even really show aggression unless one of them invades the others 'territory'.
 

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Are the females the only tank inhabitants? I've yet to experience my females actually kill each other. Its been a while since I've had an in tank death but the others didn't eat the dead although I do know it happens. How many females did you have in how big of a tank?
 

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Also, didn't you just breed Gem? If so, the stress could have been too much for her and sometimes they just die, even when the breeding goes well. So that's a possibility and then the girls just did what they do best when it comes to eating. It's actually quite common for one or both of the parents to die after breeding and it's sad but it happens.
 

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I have a 20 gallon, originally with 9 and now there are 7. The only other fish in the tank are the guppies I have in there, one male and one female.
 

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Also, didn't you just breed Gem? If so, the stress could have been too much for her and sometimes they just die, even when the breeding goes well. So that's a possibility and then the girls just did what they do best when it comes to eating. It's actually quite common for one or both of the parents to die after breeding and it's sad but it happens.
Gem isn't the one who died, it was Ini her sister. That was a week or so ago so before she was even put into the spawning tank. She's in a netted breeder in the sorority right now so she doesn't have to fight with anyone.
 

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Dang... I don't know why they would have just died? They were QTed and seemed fine. They weren't old, so that couldn't be it. I do water changes frequently and the water perimeters are as stable as they can be. The only things that changed were the boys who were in QT cups found new homes to clear up space for my breeding males. The little yellow was active and healthy from what I could tell and then the next morning she was missing. :( She was one of my favorites too...
 

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No jumpers. It's a hooded tank. And the parts that are open are taken up by the filter and the heater. I know they didn't get sucked into the filter because I have sponge in there to help slow the current for when the guppies have fry... I don't think they could have gotten stuck anywhere? Other than plants I have driftwood, but all of the holes are large enough for them to fit through and then some, and a fish decor pot thingy. I'm just disappointed that the females keep disappearing.
 

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Yup. Both times I've completely sifted the sand, took out everything, all the water, sifted the sand in new water... nothing.
 

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That's a good way to put it! It's the dang Bermuda Triangle in my tank. :/

Man I hope no more go missing. I really love my girls.
 

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One last suggestion, did you try the filter if you have one?
 
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