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Old 05-14-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
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fish in filter

I was cleaning my Fluval 205 and I dumped the water out of the main canister. I saw something flopping and it was a tiny green barb. Poor little guy got sucked in. Who knows how long he had been in there, at most two weeks. He was pretty stressed. I got him back to the tank, and he sat at the bottom, then moved to the top to hide.

I didn't know whether to put this under sick fish, or DIY. you see, he got in through my DIY skimmer. I didn't have any small fish before, so I didn't think to put a screen on the intake. I now have a circle of green scrubbie blocking the intake.
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i know people have had issues with fry getting into the filter. most of the time theyre none the worse for the holiday. hope he's fine.
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:25 PM   #3
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hopefully he'll pull through!!
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:45 PM   #4
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he's still swimming, so I will hope for the best.
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:21 PM   #5
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How did your fish not get turned to chum by the impeller? The impellers on my filters are all very tight fitting for more power, so I guess your lil guy must have gotten lucky.
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:52 PM   #6
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it is a canister filter and the impeller is after the filter media, not before, like a HOB.
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Is he still alive and kicking? Good luck!

I lost a runt barb that got stuck to the filter once... broke my heart.
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I find fish in my HOBs all the time. Last week, I pulled three guppies out an AC30 and four guppies and five RCS out of an AC30. My kuhlis like to get into my AC70 too. I think I saw a chopped up RCS, but that's the first damaged critter I've found.
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I had one fish jump into my Aqua clear one day when I was cleaning it. I did not notice him missing until I fed that night. Poor guy was stuck under the basket. I am glad I did not push it down really hard and crush him.
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