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    My black skirt tetras are doing something that has got me completely bewildered.

    At one point I had at least a dozen of them, but I have less now. My tank is heavily planted, so if a fish wants to disappear it can, and it has tons of snails and shrimp, so if something dies I may never find a corpse. So when I counted them one day and found that I only had 8, I figured I had lot some along the way and didn't think too much about it. 8 tetras.

    A couple days after that I did a water change, and when I was done a new, very unhealthy looking tetra appeared. Okay, so it must have been feeling unwell, hid in the plants, got worse, and I didn't find it until it was almost dead. Makes sense. 8 healthy + 1 unhealthy = 9 tetras.

    That one dies, and I count the remaining tetras. There are 9. Wait, what? 9 live + 1 dead = 10 tetras.

    A month or so goes by, and every time I count them, I find 9 tetras. I went on a brief vacation, and when I got back, I found one of the tetras is not looking good. I count the tetras, and... there are ten of them. 9 healthy + 1 unhealthy + 1 dead = 11 tetras.

    This is crazy. Every time I lose a fish, I end up with more of them. And I've never seen anything less than a full-size tetra, so there's no way they're breeding.
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    Potentially hiding real well?? How often do you watch this tank?

    Black skirts do spawn very easily but I'm sure you would notice the juveniles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brhino View Post

    This is crazy. Every time I lose a fish, I end up with more of them.
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