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where are the dead fish?

I know all of us at some point have had to deal with the death of the fish which we try so hard to keep alive,(in my case I try to keep count of the fish I have ), but sometime you realize that one is no where in sight so after a day or so you start looking for a dead fish ,but how would you find a dead fish in a heavily planted, large tank with lots of places to hide and die ?on one hand you don't want to disturb the plants and gravel,on the other hand you must find that fish right ? so tell me people ,what do you do?it's 2 days that I am looking for 2 fish and have feeling they are gone to fish heaven and can't find them.so wish me luck.
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I lost 3 of 7 cardinals in a heavily planted tank, I never found a single body. I have a massive population of shrimp though, and I saw them pick the 3rd fish clean in less than half an hour. I didn't really have to worry about decomposing bodies.
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Yeah if you lose fish in a shrimp tank the bodies won't last long especially with a big shrimp population. All I usually see is a complete skeleton if I can find it.

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same thing with my snails (Brigs) they will devour dead fish.
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I lost 4 of my 6 lamp eye killies over the course of a couple days a while back (still not sure why) and I never found bodies. It is an open top tank and maybe our cats could have gotten it, since food/water dish and litter box are in the same room. But, eh, I don't think they would have jumped. I know that fish will eat each other when they die and will pick on each other when they're sick/dying. Pretty cruel, but that's "Darwin" for ya.

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I've found a few fish in the filter once. They were too big to have been sucked through intake pipe so Im assuming something spooked them and they jumped through the outflow and over the filter cartridge.

Im missing a coupe neon tetras in my tank but, I have loaches and some otos so they could've easily taken care of them. I sometimes see the loaches chase the neons so I wonder if one actually got ahold of the neons.
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Snails... they take care of my dead fish. I have near a hundred or so guppies in a tank that's been running for about a year. Started with 12. You can imagine the inbreeding and the resulting weak fish. If I don't see it die, I don't get to see it because snails will take care of it over night or even less.

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I have lost some of my tetras and pencilfish. I just see their bodies only after a few days. I find it a PITA to just search the bodies in a tank with rocks. Lift rocks and you strain your back. What makes it more annoying is that I have a lone shrimp bringing the corpse at the back thus it's impossible to just grab the body from him while he pulls them into his territory. Nutty shrimp.
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Snails... they take care of my dead fish.
That's my guess as well. I had three Otos die within two days, never found a single body. My only guess is:

1) They all jumped.
2) My Neons ate them.
3) Snails disposed of the bodies.

I pick #3
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mine get eaten one way or another. either the discus take em out or the pleco/shrimp/cory crew finishes them off. if i can find a body, they end up in the ground in the garden

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I am missing one of my SAE, and she was big, so I look everywhere for her but to no avail. Aren't we all worried of Ammonia spikes? Should I panic? Kenny bn Laden could have killed her before his departure...not sure...or she is alive and hiding.
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I am missing one of my SAE, and she was big, so I look everywhere for her but to no avail. Aren't we all worried of Ammonia spikes? Should I panic? Kenny bn Laden could have killed her before his departure...not sure...or she is alive and hiding.
You should worry about ammonia. Dead fish will often contribute to production of ammonia. The bigger the fish, the more ammonia produced as is.
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they jumped through the outflow and over the filter cartridge.
They weren't salmon were they?

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I am missing one of my SAE, and she was big, so I look everywhere for her but to no avail. Aren't we all worried of Ammonia spikes? Should I panic? Kenny bn Laden could have killed her before his departure...not sure...or she is alive and hiding.
Maybe Kenny took her hostage and won't return her until he is released.

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