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Old 05-07-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Fish keep disappearing...


I have a 16 gallon bowfront with 3 red wag platies (1 male, 2 female) and (formerly) 6 golden white cloud mountain minnows.

I was down a minnow the other day and cannot find it anywhere. Today I'm down yet another minnow and can't find that either.

Is it possible the platies are killing and eating the minnows? I've looked everywhere. The aquarium has a hood so I don't see how they could've jumped out.

If that's not it, how else could they have gone missing? If they got sucked up by the filter, surely they wouldn't have decomposed this quickly and I'd see them somewhere in the filter, yeah?
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:31 PM   #2
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do you have a cat? jk
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:58 PM   #4
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cat was the 1st thing I thought of hahahaha
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:04 PM   #5
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Getting back on topic, does anyone think a platy would be killing minnows and eating them overnight? I thought platies were supposed to be peaceful.
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:23 PM   #6
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Check on the floor for dried up fish.. They just sometimes.

And check in the filter... They might have died and got sucked in.
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Sorry, I think im funny today. I dont think the platies would kill them, but they might pick at the corpse. Sometimes fish are like socks, 1 will just disappear inexplicably. I have had plenty of tetras and guppies die and I never found them. Either taken down by snails or shrimp or just swam into a little hole somewhere to die. I lost a 2 inch zebra plego in my 40 gal months ago, I was sure that would turn up but never did.

Then again they may have been abducted by fish aliens!
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:27 PM   #8
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Minnows are the best at disappearing. I had 6 sitting in a container while I got a 3 gal. picotope ready. Go to put them in and there were only 5. Took me 10 minutes to realize one had done a olympic style leap into my coffee cup and had even been nuked. Saw him floating in it as I was raising up for a sip. Over the next few months 4 more did things almost as wild. Look where they couldn't possibly be.
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:29 PM   #9
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I highly doubt the platies will kill or eat the minnows unless the minnows were still fry. i have platies with minnows and they are just fine. Check around the floor if they jump, also if its planted maybe they could be hiding.
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if your have an open top it might of jumped out. if not it prolly died and the other fish ate it. i have only platies and guppies in my tank and when one dies they would eat them to their bones. or that it died and hiding somewhere that you cant see. or its just hiding somewhere you cant see.
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Minnows are the best at disappearing. I had 6 sitting in a container while I got a 3 gal. picotope ready. Go to put them in and there were only 5. Took me 10 minutes to realize one had done a olympic style leap into my coffee cup and had even been nuked. Saw him floating in it as I was raising up for a sip. Over the next few months 4 more did things almost as wild. Look where they couldn't possibly be.

HAHAHAHahahahahhahahahaha

sorry !!
its kind of sad, but very funny at the same time
i mean.. what are the chances hey?!??
poor guy.. what a surprise! i wonder where he thought he was going??
hahaha......
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I've had vietnamese minnows get sucked into my fluval canister filter before. I didn't think they'd get sucked in, since they looked big enough to not fit through the small intake... I guessed wrong. I dumped out the water from my filter into my bathtub and found 2 fish (my minnows) swimming around.

I found one on the floor before too, clearly it jumped out. Luckily, I was able to pop it back into the tank and it is still alive till this day without any injuries

So check the floor around the aquarium and check the filter.
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I've had vietnamese minnows get sucked into my fluval canister filter before. I didn't think they'd get sucked in, since they looked big enough to not fit through the small intake... I guessed wrong. I dumped out the water from my filter into my bathtub and found 2 fish (my minnows) swimming around.

I found one on the floor before too, clearly it jumped out. Luckily, I was able to pop it back into the tank and it is still alive till this day without any injuries

So check the floor around the aquarium and check the filter.
Fish are like mice when it comes to squeezing into places you never thought they could.
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Sorry, I think im funny today. I dont think the platies would kill them, but they might pick at the corpse. Sometimes fish are like socks, 1 will just disappear inexplicably. I have had plenty of tetras and guppies die and I never found them. Either taken down by snails or shrimp or just swam into a little hole somewhere to die. I lost a 2 inch zebra plego in my 40 gal months ago, I was sure that would turn up but never did.

Then again they may have been abducted by fish aliens!

Wow...that was some expensive loss...sorry.
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