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Old 09-27-2004, 08:58 AM   #1
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where's firefish?

I don't know if this is the right forum for this post but...

atleast five days ago my firefish goby (emily) went missing in my 30 gallon cube FOWLR tank. I have no idea what happened to her other than maybe she got lost in the LR. perhaps even stuck. has anyone else lost a small fish after getting stuck in the liverock?

anyway, I haven't seen it but my mother said she saw a "worm" like a tape worm she said about and inch and a half long swimming around in there. I have no idea if these two instances are connected. But any help concerning either of them will be appreciated.
I'm very concerned because all of the fish, including emily have been doing very well and acting very curious and energetic. those include a blue devil damsel and a black ocelarious (sp?) clownfish
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Old 09-27-2004, 12:14 PM   #2
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If your tank does not have an eggcrate lid or similar, there is a good possibility it could have jumped. Check around the tank area unless you have pets. Firefish are very prone to carpet surfing. After 5 days and a no show, it might not be there 8O

If the fish passed in the tank, any worms or other critters may have consumed the fish but they would not be the cause of death.

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Old 09-27-2004, 04:13 PM   #3
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My FireFish hides really good. Usually some food does the trick.

5 days is a long time to go missing in a 30 gllon tank.

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Old 09-27-2004, 06:14 PM   #4
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Well she always hid really well which is why I wasn't really concerned untill now but someone has always been able to find her and she never went more than a couple days without coming out in the morning to eat (which is the only regular time that they get fed). She also hadn't been acting that shy lately.

It's possible that she jumped although I think highly unlikely. She would have had to aim for a tiny ~2in sq. hole cut in the corner of the weighty lid (only opening for my tubing/heater cord). I'll check anyway.

There is no noticeable stress by the remaining inhabitants so I'm hopeful that she did not die of disease.

I'm interested to know though if anyone has had a gobie (or anyfish for that matter) get caught amongst the tangles of some extremely porous LR (such as mine). Like wedged themselves in there so they couldn't get out.


I hope I just can't find her but that she's still alive and well. I'm fairly stressed about this.
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Old 09-28-2004, 01:14 AM   #5
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Do you have any open filter intakes? I found nemo in one before...
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Old 09-28-2004, 02:11 AM   #6
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She's too small to fit in there. something just occured to me though. Supossing she did die while in the one of the pores in the LR. Is it okay to just leave nature to it's course or should I see if I can shake what's left out of there and give her a proper burial at sea? I've pretty much accepted the fact that I'm not gonna see her alive again. But I really wish I knew where she went. I'll check the filter canister and tubing tomorrow just in case but I really don't think she could've fit. And I didn't find her around the tank (and no other non-aquatic pets to carry her off in the event of "carpet-surfing").

I realize there's not a whole lot that you guys can do to help. but I appreciate an audience for my frustration anyway.
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Old 09-28-2004, 03:29 AM   #7
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I had a few small fish go missing during my first few months with the tank. It probably won't hurt the tank to leave it there, but if you want to move some rock around and look for her just to have some closure I guess that would be good also...was it getting harrassed by the others? They can be fairly aggressive...
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Firefish problems

My firefish died on sunday October 3rd. I bought a new purple one yesterday october 6th. But it is perching/ resting on the sand and not swimming a lot should i be worried?? The top fin (you know the long one that looks like a needle) is not there. Is that bad? and how bad?

Thanks for you help
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The top fin can grow back mine did.
How did you acclimate the fish.
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Old 10-08-2004, 11:23 AM   #10
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My firefish went missing for a while, caught him going into his new home once, tiny little place in the LR that I didn't plan for him, and never thought he could fit in.

Never went missing for five days though.. hope you find him.
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