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I accidentally killed my favorite fish.

I was siphoning out water for a water change. Wasn't watching carefully and my betta swam right into the tube. Ripped his pectoral fins right off. My husband finished him off with a swift smash of a rock. I'm betta-less bettababe.

I'm debating adding another. Mr. Bojangles was a lazy guy, but it seems like in a fifty-five, if the new guy was aggressive, my little tetras could swim away easily. He might eat the ghost shrimp, but I'd rather have a betta than ghost shrimp. Thoughts?
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this is always my biggest Fear when I clean my sons tank, the betta always is "curious" about the big tube in his tank.

I have a Jerk betta but he doesn't give a crap about my shrimp. he mainly harasses the guppies...but they are fast and he is slow.
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Poor thing. Maybe get one of those tubes that are on gravel vacs? They usually have a strainer somewhere in them, and they often have much lower suction around the end than just a hose. They still work just fine, but fish that swim up into the tube can usually get back out, and even if they can't you have time to stop the siphon.


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Poor thing. Maybe get one of those tubes that are on gravel vacs? They usually have a strainer somewhere in them, and they often have much lower suction around the end than just a hose. They still work just fine, but fish that swim up into the tube can usually get back out, and even if they can't you have time to stop the siphon.
I added a strainer from an old filter to the end of the tube. Used it in my husband's tank and it works just fine. My betta never showed any interest in that siphon. I regret that it happened, but at least I can be sure it will never happen again in my house.
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You are definitely not the only one. One of my baby mollies got sucked up and it ripped out one of her eyes. And another one's dorsal fin got shredded. It grew back. Poor things.

I have 2 one eyed fish now.I brought a baby cory that had one eye. I saw it and didn't care. Who would normally want a fish with one eye?

I now place the end of tube of vacuum at the bottom (no substrate in one area) so no one can sneak in.
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That sucks, My gourami did the same thing but got off injury-free, I was just at a petsmart and i saw a magnificent looking betta, just look around and you will find another that catches your eye.
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Sump drainage for the win
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Had something similar happen. This is what I did - I think they call it craft mesh. Sold at most craft stores. Then hot glued it to the end of the tube.
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I hate that this has happened to other people, but at the same time, I'm glad I don't have to be the only one. The hose is safe now. I found a cover for the end that works great.

My husband knew I was sad about my poor Mr. Bojangles, so he got me this! I think I'll name him Prince Charming. (After my dear hubby) He's a handsome little fish, isn't he?
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Very nice looking Betta! Good to hear hubby takes care of ya :-)


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He's very nice, and I bet he'll look even better once he colors up.


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Pretty new betta

As another option, I just use a rubber band to hold a nylon stocking when I'm not wanting anything to be pulled into my siphon. Works as a great filter.
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