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How do you find a dead fish in the dense carpet?

I'm new, I've searched the forums but can't find anyone with this problem....
The carpet plants are finally growing well. Unfortunately, we are missing a guppy. I think she died and is hidden in the dense plants. Ive tried searching for her but i can't find her. Should I pull out the carpeted plant to find her or just hope a tank mate eats her remains. Also, why wouldn't she float when Dead?

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Measure your nitrate levels and make sure her corpse isn't throwing out a ton of nitrates. If it's not then you can just wait a bit.
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I'm new, I've searched the forums but can't find anyone with this problem....
The carpet plants are finally growing well. Unfortunately, we are missing a guppy. I think she died and is hidden in the dense plants. Ive tried searching for her but i can't find her. Should I pull out the carpeted plant to find her or just hope a tank mate eats her remains. Also, why wouldn't she float when Dead?

Thanks in advanced.
What carpeting plant is that?

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I'm not sure. I bought it thinking it was Glossostigma but have been on this forum that it is Hygrophila polysperma. I posted the question on Amazon where I ordered the seeds and someone replied it was neither: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qSMZZwHHeEs



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I'm new, I've searched the forums but can't find anyone with this problem....
The carpet plants are finally growing well. Unfortunately, we are missing a guppy. I think she died and is hidden in the dense plants. Ive tried searching for her but i can't find her. Should I pull out the carpeted plant to find her or just hope a tank mate eats her remains. Also, why wouldn't she float when Dead?

Thanks in advanced.
What carpeting plant is that?

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Sorry for your loss. It's a downer when fish die.
I have a DIY tool that is the 1/4" side of a 3 foot 2"x4" with an old credit card glued to the end (that I use as an algae scraper) , but you could use something like a ruler or yard stick to work through the plant mass. Failing that, a guppy is so small that it would likely readily decompose without much fuss and just become organic plant food.
Dead fish often don't float.

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Would have to agree with Abbeysdad - a fish that small should not pose too much of a problem. One of my large rainbow fish on the other hand would likely effect the tank chemistry. Of course, it would alos be pretty easy to find as well. Nice looking carpet btw.


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Is there any chance that the guppy jumped? If you have other pets there'd be a near zero chance of finding it.
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No other animals in the house bit 2 kids. ?

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Is there any chance that the guppy jumped? If you have other pets there'd be a near zero chance of finding it.
We found her. It looks like she died giving birth. She had a fry part way out - but we do have 1 baby alive. We moved it to a separate tank in hopes it will live. The guppies have been the hardest thing to keep alive. Everything else is fine but we have lost all 3 guppies now.

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We found her. It looks like she died giving birth. She had a fry part way out - but we do have 1 baby alive. We moved it to a separate tank in hopes it will live. The guppies have been the hardest thing to keep alive. Everything else is fine but we have lost all 3 guppies now.
Perhaps the guppies are like canaries in the mine (and other fish are just tollerating some bad condition). Have you closely examined your water chemistry, tank/filter/water change volume/frequency???

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