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Old 08-06-2008, 11:53 PM   #1
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Question Disappearing fish


I'm new to Aquarium Advice, so here's a little about me and the reason I'm writing. I'm married, have 4 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a 55 gallon aquarium. I'm not looking for advice on my marriage, my kids, or the 4 furry critters that live here . . . but I sure could use some help with my aquarium!

I have a 55 gal freshwater tank that I set up 4 or 5 years ago starting with 10 or 12 mollies that multiplied into probably 50+ fish over the first couple years. Later into the first year I added 2 (yoyo) loaches, and 3 Chinese algae eaters--two of which died for unknown reasons, after which I added 6 cory cats. I had some parasite that killed a lot of my mollies and, because of the treatment advice of a local pet store, I lost my first 6 cories--which they replaced.

Now my fish are just disappearing! I live near a lake, but I'm pretty sure they aren't sneaking out at night . . .

What I have left in my tank as of this evening is 1 loach, 1 algae eater, 3 mollies and 4 cories. A week ago or so I still had all 6 cory cats, now I can only find 4. I cannot find anything at all (no bones or anything else) left of the fish that are disappearing . . . they are just gone . . . vanished . . . poof . . .

I'd accuse one of the cats, except the tank is covered and there is no where for the de-clawed cats to get access to the water.

I do suspect the algae eater, though, because he(?) seems to chase the other fish around the tank sometimes. Then again, the loach does too. And he has his little hideout in a "hollow tree", which he backs into. A year ago I found the smelly remains of the other loach inside that "tree." I haven't found any other carcuses since, but I'm wondering if the loach is dragging his tank mates in there and . . . . . . ?

I just don't know what's going on . . . can anyone give me some ideas where to look to resolve this problem? I would like to put more fish in the tank, but not if they're going to slip off into a black hole somewhere never to be seen or heard from again.

Thanks in advance.


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Have you checked in the filter?

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Welcome to AA. You might want to post your question in the FW section. More people will see it there.
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Hi and Welcome to AA! I'm sure that if you post this in the Fresh Water section you'll get some advice.
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Thanks for the feedback . . . I clean the filter and haven't found any there yet either. I will post this in the other forum. Thanks again. ~L
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