Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Fair Lawn, New Jersey
The title of this thread may have sparked your curiousity, but this is the truth. I would love for someone to tell me what really happened here.
On Wednesday, I picked up five guppy fry from my LFS in hopes of growing a virgin female to jumpstart my breeding endeavor. Four of them look to be from the same drop and the other looks only about one week old. Once home, I floated them in my 5.5 gallon for 30 minutes and released them into the tank filtered by an in tank filter on which I covered the intake grid with fabric to prevent losing any fry. I secured the fabric with a rubber band around the filter. The tank also is equipped with an airstone and heater which keeps the water at a constant of 75 degrees Farenheit. Aside from the fry, the only other inhabitants are two good sized mystery snails.
As for feeding, I bought these spontaneously and havent started any live food cultures yet, so right now theyre eating frozen baby brine shrimp along with crushed tetra tropical flakes. I still havent figured out quite the right portion, and therefore I am keeping up with 40% water changes every other day. The snails usually clean up the rest.
The parameters are that of any other common freshwater tank; I try my best to keep the pH at 7.0 but it slowly fluctates between 6.8-7.2. When I last tested the water yesterday, the nitrites were EXTREMELY HIGH. I immediately got out my gravel vacuum and did a substantial water change. I am currently testing the water again. But, this next part is the shocker.
When I woke up to feed them yesterday morning, I looked all over the tank and could not find one of the guppies out of the four that look to be from the same batch. I assumed he was hiding and that he would soon show up later. But, to my surprise, he is nowhere to be found. And this morning, the same thing happened again. Gone.
So, now all I have left are two from the same batch and one really young fry. Three in total. And, what I do not understand is, I cant even find their (presumably) dead bodies. No belly-ups at the surface, no little corpse on the gravel, no tiny body stuck to the filter intake. To add to the chaos, the remaining ones are lively and seem perfectly healthy.
I am pulling my hair out here! If this has happened to anyone before, I would greatly appreciate your advice, and, even if you haven't experienced this, I would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Help! I don't want to lose another tommorrow morning!