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Is he/she going to live?

So today was the first time in 11 years, that I sucked up one of my fish with the gravel vacuum (1/2inch hose). Every week my cherry barbs and golden barbs test to see how close they can get to the vacuum without being sucked up. Well needless to say one golden barb's got a little to close, he or she was violently sucked up, then spun around and spit into the bucket. After a good chuckle (here come the PETA comments), I immediately returned the fish to the aquarium. The poor little fishy's dorsal fin was split in two, and a couple patches of scales were stripped off. After about an hour the fish seemed to be swimming normally. Questions: Has this happened to you before? And should I of quarantined the fish away from the others?
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I recently had an adult female A. australe get sucked up into my 50ft python gravel cleaner and ended up in my utility sink. Not sure how long it was swimming in the sink but I scooped her up and put her right back in the tank with no acclimation. This was about a month ago and she is doing just fine.

Don't feel bad happens to the best of us.

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happened to me a few times, and all of them survived, the worst time was when this happened to my dwarf puffer and he puffed up and got stuck in the hose...had to cut the hose to get him out, hes still doing well


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I can't tell you how many shrimp I have accidentally siphoned up before. 99 times out of 100 they are absolutely fine. Gold barbs are a pretty hardy species so I wouldn't be too worried about losing it.
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happened to me a few times, and all of them survived, the worst time was when this happened to my dwarf puffer and he puffed up and got stuck in the hose...had to cut the hose to get him out, hes still doing well
Damn! I bet that was a pain in the rear.

Sounds like this type of thing happens a lot. Hahaha

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This actually happened to me twice. Both with my fat-head minnows. The first time the little guy popped right in the bucket and I had to net him out.

The second time it was a darker minnow, completely eviscerated him. Exposed stomach, the works, but he was still swimming. So I put him on the pavement and gave him the boot. I felt awful, but now I'm very careful.
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This actually happened to me twice. Both with my fat-head minnows. The first time the little guy popped right in the bucket and I had to net him out.

The second time it was a darker minnow, completely eviscerated him. Exposed stomach, the works, but he was still swimming. So I put him on the pavement and gave him the boot. I felt awful, but now I'm very careful.
Nothing says I'm screwed like an exposed stomach.
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Nothing says I'm screwed like an exposed stomach.

LMAO! True.

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Just get a good lawyer, and cross your fingers

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I sucked up a white cloud minnow once and it broke its spine, died a couple days later. Sometimes even little fish don't survive.
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