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Do Fish Eat Their Dead

Discussion in 'New to the Hobby Questions and Answers' started by mrtash, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. mrtash

    mrtash Member

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    hi,

    i have lost a fish and cannot find the body

    I have 9 tiger barbs, (babies)
    3 silver sharks
    1 Plec
    4 Mollies
    7 Neon Tetra
    2 Scissor Tails
    3 Charachins
    4 Male guppies

    1 of the charachins which was about 2 1/2 inches in size has completely gone, i was wandering if it could have died, and the remaining fish have eaten the body.

    any ides.

    I can live with the fact that i have lost a fish but
     
  2. tom16

    tom16 Member

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    What have you got in the tank?
    What size is the tank?
    How long has it been gone?
     
  3. fatheadminnow

    fatheadminnow Member

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    I had two minnows die in my tank, and the other fish(cichlids) that are in my tank ate their bodies after they have died.

    But I would also think it would depend on what fish you have in your tank. But most likely the body has been eaten.

    Make sure you look behind/under everything inside your tank to see if you can find the fish at all.

    -FHM
     
  4. puppyjess123

    puppyjess123 Doing first planted tank :)

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    Yes they do eat other fish. When I started I could never find my fish that died, at least my fish had a feast!

    Although sometimes they are half eaten and hidden around in nooks and crannys.

    Lucy :)
     
  5. Davo86

    Davo86 Cichlids, Catfish and Oddballs

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    a dead fish = food
     
  6. fatheadminnow

    fatheadminnow Member

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    Here is a thread I created a little while ago about my fish disappearing.

    -FHM
     

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