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my fish disapeared

July 29th, 2004, 04:30 PM
I have 5 harlequin tetras and an algae eater, but when I was feeding my fish this morning, I only saw 4 tetras, I only have a 10 gallon tank, and there isn't exactly any hiding places. I was wondering if it's at all possible that it got eaten? Could someone please let me know if that's even a possibility for Tetras? I'm just confused.

Kona Dawg
July 29th, 2004, 04:42 PM
what type of filter are you running? If it's a large opening power type th fish may have gotten sucked in.

July 29th, 2004, 04:42 PM
Have you check the floor around the tank? Sometimes, fish will leap out. I don't know :confused: that much about fish, but aren't Tetras fighting fish?

July 29th, 2004, 04:45 PM
I've got a sponge over the filter opening so they can't get in there, and I already checked around the tank. I just don't know where to look for him, I also opened up the filter just in case, and didn't see anything

July 29th, 2004, 04:46 PM
Are tetras the same as betta......

July 29th, 2004, 04:48 PM
I know beta's eat eachother, but I don't think they're related, I don't know though

Lucky Rescue
July 29th, 2004, 04:50 PM
Harlequin Rasboras are NOT tetras, but rather they are in the carp family. They should have lots of plants and lights that are not too bright.

One could have jumped out, if the tank is not tightly covered, or it could have died and been eaten. What kind of "algae eater" do you have?

July 29th, 2004, 04:53 PM
my algae eater is a little gold colored one, I don't know the name of it

July 29th, 2004, 04:54 PM
yes, those are my fish

July 29th, 2004, 04:56 PM
no, mine doesn't have any stripes or markings on it, it's just orange

Lucky Rescue
July 29th, 2004, 05:01 PM
I know beta's eat eachother,

Although most fish will eat a dead one, Bettas (Siamese fighting fish) do not eat each other, but the males will fight fiercely and these fights are staged and bet on in Asian countries.

July 29th, 2004, 05:03 PM
no cat, would an algae eater really do that? I never knew that

July 29th, 2004, 05:16 PM
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July 29th, 2004, 05:17 PM
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July 29th, 2004, 05:31 PM

December 21st, 2005, 09:29 AM
Are you sure it didn't jump out? We used to have a red tailed shark that was about two inches long and he used to jump out of the tank on a regular basis. He would even get through the tiniest of openings in the top of the tank. He lived to a ripe old age. Anyway, I would check the room really well because they flip around when out of water and can end up quite far from the tank. I realize that it's probably too late by now, but if this one did it you may want to cover the tank to prevent the others from doing it too.

December 21st, 2005, 04:03 PM
Hi Bass,
First off, Harlequins are Rasboras. They are of the family
Cyprinid, which includes carp, salmonids, freshwater sharks,
and many other fish.

I know exactly what happened to your fish.
The algae eater ate it. That fish is a chinese algae eater.
Lets discuss these fish a bit.
First of all, this fish is from China and surrounding areas. It too is
a cyprinid. Its scientific name is Gyrinocheilus Aymonieri.
It is by nature NOT an algae eater at all, but is an omnivore. When young these fish feed on algae to grow, but as they grow they cease to eat algae in any large amounts and will only browse algae occassionaly, and not enough to keep a tank clean.
This fish grows to 8-10 inches, and in maturity is Highly Aggressive. They are known Piscivores (kill and eat other fish). Not only are they not suited for a 10g tank, but they are not suited for peaceful community tanks with small fish. I would use this fish only in a large tank (55G or larger), and only then with fish too large for it to consume (oscars, firemouths, large angelfish, african cichlids, etc).
Your Chinese Algae Eater, now that it has gotten a taste for fish, will likely consume the rest of your Harlequin Rasboras if given the chance.
You should return this fish to the pet store, and inform them you want to trade it in because 1) they grow too big at 8-10 inches for a 10g tank, and 2) they are horrible algae eaters that grow very aggressive with age.

Then you could use the store credit to purchase either 1) 2-3 Otto Catfish- small, peaceful, cute, wonderful little algae eaters, 2) A Bristlenose Pleco - quite ugly to some, very interesting little fish grow to 4 inches, and are excellent algae eaters, in fact one of the best, or 3) a Rubbernose Pleco - also grows to 4 inches, much cuter than the bristlenose, and also a super algae eater.

And, so you know im not just saying this all with no "scientific facts", here is some fact pages on Chinese Algae Eaters that corroborate what I am saying.