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Old 06-25-2009, 10:35 AM   #1
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Where do fish go when they die?

I have a relatively community tank, I have had only 3 fish die since setting up my 125 a year and a half ago. However I have only found 1 out of the 3 dead fish, they just disappear? Where do they go? I have lost a purplefirefish, a pacific blue or engineer goby, and a six line wrasse. I think I know why all 3 died I just cant figure out where they remain. Also, when a fish dies is there action needed to protect the tank? Thanks!
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The clean up crew usually will do thier job and clean them up. Some fish jump and the family animal gets the, others jump and you find them later. Sometimes they get sucked up in a filter or other piece of equipment.
As for getting rid of them, it depends on what kind of fish you are talking about and what type of CUC you have.
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Also, when a fish dies is there action needed to protect the tank? Thanks!
Depending on the size of the dead fish, the most immediate problem could be a spike in your ammonia/nitrite/nitrate level. Upon discovering a dead fish, a water test and water change might be in order.
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I have a relatively community tank, I have had only 3 fish die since setting up my 125 a year and a half ago. However I have only found 1 out of the 3 dead fish, they just disappear? Where do they go? I have lost a purplefirefish, a pacific blue or engineer goby, and a six line wrasse. I think I know why all 3 died I just cant figure out where they remain. Also, when a fish dies is there action needed to protect the tank? Thanks!
Dead fish could be eaten by other inhabitants of the tank (e. g. snails).
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I appreciate the responses. I made an unwise decision, partially not my fault but either way. I think a test and change is in order for tonight. Thanks everybody!
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