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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-12-2005, 04:02 AM Thread Starter
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Who done it ?

I bought 10 neon tetras two days ago. Today I am down to six. I do not know where they are going ? No dead fish lying around !

I have a feeling, something is eating them.

I have:

1 small angle.
1 small bala shark.
1 large pictus cat.
6 various algae eaters.

So which can be the culprit ?

Tank is 55g.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-12-2005, 04:14 AM
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The cat more than likely. Neons are like the Skittles of the fish world.
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That's what I thought. Well its out the tank and in another one for tonight. Probably take it back to LFS or give it to a friend. Its too bad as I had it for about 3 years. Its was also bulling my new SAEs.
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Speaking from personal experience, a pictus cat is a neon's worst nightmare. Several months back, my pictus wiped out 6 neons over the course of a week. He also likes glowlight tetras and smaller harlequin rasboras not to mention ghost shirmp.

Harlequins are the smallest fish that I can keep in my tank right now, and when I buy them they need to be on the bigger size (about the size of a dime from the dorsal to the belly). Usually when I introduce them into the tank, I get about 20 ghost shrimp at the same time to keep the pictus busy and full so that the new fish can get aclimated. Once I do all of this, then the fish are pretty safe. There is something about fish that have a irracescant glow that makes the pictus go nuts. One of the glow light tetras that I got was actually on the bigger side, and I was shocked to see that the pictus got him. The pictus had a massive bulge in his belly the next morning. It always happens at night too when I am not around to see it. Not that it would matter anyways because the lights are out when he goes on the prowl.

I would strongly advise not introducing any more neons, cardnials, glowlights, etc. as long as you have the pictus. I don't think that the the size rule on the fish applies to these particular species. If they are in the tank, of any size, then they are probably going to be pictus fodder.
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On a side note, I have 4 otos in the same tank, and he has never messed with them. One of them was tiny when I got him, and I thought that I might be putting the little guy in harm's way, but he made it unscathed. Then again, otos don't have an iradescant glow.
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The cat more than likely. Neons are like the Skittles of the fish world.
LOL. I think catfish have gotten an unfortunately wrong reputation for being friendly with smaller fish. They are predators, just not the kind that chases stuff around. Maybe we can blame on the cuddly little corydoras family.

So what flavor are neons anyway? Cherry? Blueberry? Strawberry?
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i think cherry and blueberry
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-13-2005, 07:40 PM
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I too learned this lesson except with sailfin cats. 15 neons went away in 2 days. But at least the cats were kind enough to hunt in the day to show me who did it and the errors of my ways.
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