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Old 08-09-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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Suicidal peacock

Lost a fish this morning. It was on the floor - must have jumped out the tiny opening for the filter intake at night. Why would it do that? I rarely see any peacocks near the surface on this side of the tank, let alone jumping.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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Rip little dude
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
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Found a jumper today too! Sometimes they just get spooked
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Aww. Did you find him while he was still flapping or did he not make it?
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Aww. Did you find him while he was still flapping or did he not make it?
No he was a goner.
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Cut the flap to go around the intake nice and tight
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Aww, poor little dude.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:01 PM   #8
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Lost a fish this morning. It was on the floor - must have jumped out the tiny opening for the filter intake at night. Why would it do that? I rarely see any peacocks near the surface on this side of the tank, let alone jumping.
Poor water conditions or it got chased out by a more dominate fish.
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The drama continues today with another of the 1.5" peacocks belly up in the back bottom corner of the tank - not floating. Same size as the jumper yesterday. The only signs of anything I can find on him are some damage on his mouth. Could this be from another peacock? Did something with the water cause his mouth to deteriorate like this?

I haven't seen much aggression in this tank. There is definitely a dominant peacock - getting his color already at 2.5" - and possibly another one vying for dominance, but I haven't seen them really bully anybody else or each other even.

As for water quality, I've been changing twice a week. pH is stable, tap water is consistently hard and free of chlorine. The temp rocked between 79.8 and 82.4 a few times in the first week I had the fish until I found the exact spot on my heater dial to keep it where I wanted it.

Should I be adding a dechlorinator to the water even though the test strips have always shown no chlorine?
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Probably have an over dominant male and your just not catching the bullying.
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