Aquarium Forum

  · Tropical Fish Home
· Fish News
· Aquarium Forum
· Buy & Sell
· Calculators
· Equipment reviews
· Free Aquarium Ebook
· Feedback
· Link to us
· Photo gallery
· Plant species
· Tropica Plant DB
Tropical fish species
· By Common name
· By Scientific name
Tropical Marine fish
· By Common name
· By Scientific name

        Via paypal

  AC news is a part of
      Nature Blog Network

      Reef Aquarium Blog

Privacy & Ad Policy

  · African Cichlids
· Algae Control
· Aquarium Decoration
· Aquarium Resources
· Aquatic Plants
· Barb Fish
· Betta Fish
· Breeding Fish
· Catfish
· Central American Cichlids
· Cichlids
· Clownfish
· Corals
· Corydoras Catfish
· Discus Fish
· Dwarf Cichlids
· Fish Diseases
· Frogs and Turtles
· Goby Fish
· Goldfish
· Gourami
· Invertebrates
· Jellyfish
· Killiefish
· Lake Victoria Cichlids
· Livebearers
· Malawi Cichlids
· Marine Aquariums
· Marine Aquarium Fish
· Other Fish
· Pleco
· Predatory Fish
· Photography
· Pond Fish
· Responsible Fish Keeping
· Rainbow Fish
· Shark Fish
· South American Cichlids
· Tanganyika Cichlids
· Tetra Fish
· Tropical Fish Food
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Default Mystery Killer Fish -- HELP

    0 Not allowed!
    I'm pretty new to this whole big fish tank thing. All my life I've had a 10 gallon freshwater tank but about 3 weeks ago I started up a 38 gallon freshwater tank. In it I have a peacock eel, two clown barbs, 3 angelfish, one spotted African leaf fish, and a rainbow shark. All of the fish are pretty small right now and I've only had them for about a week. Within the past three days, I've found two of the angelfish dead with their fins chewed off and I'm not sure which fish it is. I believe it's the clown barbs but I'm not sure, what do I do?

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    A little further from sanity

    Awards Showcase

    Thanks for the rep!! - Compass this doesnt look like pie... not the right kind.. - Sandz for providing solid guidance to others - RiversGirl Thanks for the rep! :) - Compass cheers - Fishhook 
    Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass No Message - Fishhook beeeeeeeer! - Sandz Bottoms up! (even though you don't drink, lol) - Slaphppy7 We miss you... - Compass 
    thank you for the filter! - RiversGirl for the fun game! - SeaLady Thank you very very much!! - Compass Love the games. Thank you :) - rebecca_finny TGIF! - showmebutterfly 
    Thanks for your help & points. - metweezer Nice to see you around again. enjoy the pie - fishmommie Thanks! :) I try! - Compass Happy Christmas! - Slaphppy7 Thanks so much for everything. - metweezer 


    1 Not allowed!
    Was this tank properly cycled before you put all those fish in it? Since it has only been running three weeks I am thinking it wasn't. The tank is also poorly stocked. Angelfish can be very territorial and three is too many for a 38g. I believe the African leaf fish will choose live food over prepared. The clown barbs should be in large groups. Your peacock eel is iffy, some are active and aggressive and others are not.
    I think the combination of an uncycled tank and several aggressive fish in a small tank is what killed your fish.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

  3. #3


    0 Not allowed!
    I completely agree. the shredded fins you are seeing could be due to decomposition (fish decompose remarkably fast in warm tank water) or other fish chewing on them after death. I do not think it is likely that another fish killed the angels as you would likely have observed some chasing and nipping going on.
    the angels probably died due to water quality issues, as unless you seeded your tank before adding the fish, you are almost certainly not cycled.

  4. Default

    0 Not allowed!
    Agree. Give us cycling info or ask if your not sure what that is. If you know all about that and did use seeded media and took params and everything is ok then either the barbs or the rainbow shark. Angels are very sensitive to water quality and if the tank was un cycled I'm inclined to agree with everyone else.

  5. Default

    0 Not allowed!
    dont want to jump on bandwagon, but, tank sounds rushed, not cycled fully, and poorly stocked companion wise. take some time and read up on compatability. it will really bring out more fun for you. good luck.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts