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Dead Fish Mystery !

Postby vinti13 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:18 am

I have a 65 Gallon mixed African cichlid (peacock, haps and Mbuna). Yesterday night while feeding, all of my fishes were perfectly fine :fish: and did not notice any agression or sickness issue :drooling: with any of them.

And, today one banana cichlid was missing, I checked all the hiding places but no luck. Finally I see it dead under a stone covered with sand (see pictures). ... ed-public/ ... ed-public/

Stone was in resting position on the sand with no cavity. I am just puzzled :? due to sudden death and unable to understand how the fish went beneath it and 75 % body covered with sand/stone. :o
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Re: Dead Fish Mystery !

Postby tanker3 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:05 pm

Not 100% sure why it dies, or got buried, but African Cichlids do dig and they dig a lot. If the stones were put in after the sand, I would push the stones all the way to the bottom of the tank.
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Re: Dead Fish Mystery !

Postby DJRansome » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:45 pm

Yes facts seem to point to the stone falling on the fish after digging underneath it. Banana cichlid?
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Re: Dead Fish Mystery !

Postby noki » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:50 am

I think the Auratus just set up some sort of cave in trap. Auratus are know for being mean.
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