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Do you ever lose an animal in your tank? I seem to be good at it. Whenever I loose someone, I feel obligated to find them.
I'll usually give it a few days before searching so I don't upset the balance in my tank unnecessarily.

I lost my nerite a while back, but found it. The first times I found it buried in the sand.
I transferred it to a small betta tank with gravel, and it was doing fine until I noticed it missing again three days ago.
I lost an amano shrimp more recently. I originally thought it got into the filter, but it didn't.
Now I'm concerned I buried it in the substrate when I replanted some plants, but I think it's unlikely...

What about you, what do you do if someone is missing? Search immediately, or give it some time?
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I don't even notice it when something goes missing.
Only thing I'm sure of, I have 11 Angels and 5 breeding pairs GBR.


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I lost a coral beauty angel in my reef recently. It was the largest thing in the tank at 5". Nothing could have eaten it, and it didn't jump out (I've got the tank covered). To this day I still have absolutely no idea what happened to it or where it went.


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I lost a coral beauty angel in my reef recently. It was the largest thing in the tank at 5". Nothing could have eaten it, and it didn't jump out (I've got the tank covered). To this day I still have absolutely no idea what happened to it or where it went.
Fire and or bristle worms can eat a coral beauty in a night if it dies.


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Haha, yes, I hate when that happens! I've lost three or four fish that way. Every time, I tore the tank apart and couldn't even find remains. The tanks have always been sealed tightly so there's no way they could have jumped.
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I never notice when my shrimp go missing because there's too many of them! Only when I clean out the filter and I see a bunch of these idiots hiding inside it do I realize they were even gone.
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Fire and or bristle worms can eat a coral beauty in a night if it dies.
I have neither of those in my tank, and my cleanup crew is sparse - 10 astrea snails and six blue-legged hermits. All are tiny tiny, no way they could have eaten it in a night lol.

Just ordered a good crew from Reef Cleaners. I ordered less than the recommended for my size tank because apparently the owner really can't count lol! Sometimes he'll ship 20 instead of 10, 50 instead of 30, and in a few cases, 100+ instead of 10!


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I wish that I could find them, even if they're dead, so I know what happened.
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In my 35g tank sometimes I'll go a few days between seeing my amano shrimp, bamboo shrimp or ABN pleco. That includes me actually looking around the tank for them.
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I haven't lost an inhabitant yet but I always give myself a mini-panic attack when I realize I miscounted >
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I had a 50 gallon densely planted tank, vast foreground, immense cyperus helferi background. Added a group of amanos at one point. Seldomly saw them for a while then eventually didn't see any and assumed they were all dead. Six months later i saw one, about an inch longer than when i bought it. Must of been lurking in the shadows for a long time!
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Hahah, I found both!
Nerite crawled out of the tank...I put it back in, and it was ok. Lid secured.
I saw my amano and decided to watch it for a while to see where it disappeared to...it hopped out of the water and into the filter! Now I know; a nice ending.
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lol, me too, my endlers are jumpers, started with 20 and now 6
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lol, me too, my endlers are jumpers, started with 20 and now 6
WTH - If you have fish that jump then please do the responsible thing and find a way to cover the tank!
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Some peoples don't like the look of a covered tank :-/

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