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first fish casualty - a carpet surfing rasbora

I came very close to asking the forum on how to find a fish that has gone missing in the tank. For a few days, I was short one rasbora. Initially I thought it was one of the shy ones that hides a lot. I do have a densely planted area that I can not see the substrate behind a big piece so I suspected that a fish carcass might have been back there.

Then, for some reason, my wife checked behind the tank cabinet and behold, one dried up fish .

Anyway, back to my original question that I never got around to asking... Do dead fish eventually float, or just decompose on the bottom of a tank? I have plecos, panda cory's, rasboras and tetras... Would these fish eat the remains and if so, how long might it take? If (when) a fish dies in the tank, how long do I have to find it and remove it?

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If you have shrimps in the tank, you will never find it


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All my went down like rocks... and a lot were not found. So if it is a small one, every now and then, I would not worry.
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If they aren't consumed in the tank, they will eventually float to the surface. By the time it's become a floater, the unmistakable stench will lead you to the carcass in a hurry.
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my fish got gassed one day. i had the best f both. sinkers and floaters so it can go either way depending on the fish

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Depends on the type and size of the fish and who is in the tank who might eat the dead fish. Small fish with very little bone mass can almost disappear, leaving only a small slime. Fry for instance. Large fish like Oscars may bloat and float to the surface while being picked apart. Catfish may crawl into a hole in a rock and stay there while you have the rock out for tank work so that you only find them when you put the rock back. There is no firm way to say what you may find. Often dead fish will float around until they are sucked up against the filter intake leading people to believe that the filter killed them.
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Most of the fish that have died in my tanks were sinkers. Only a couple ended up floating, not sure why. They just start decaying on the substrate. I had a team of ghost shrimp in one of my old tanks that just picked apart a dead rasbora in a matter of hours. Left nothing but a bit of the head and an entire skeleton.

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