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This Happened 3 weeks 4 days ago #72023

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Sunday did a water change, fed the fish and everything was great. Got home from work Monday night to find one of my bards dead and half eaten, see the pic. Do you think it was attacked and died or something else?

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Tank: Display 450 g; 2.5 ft tall and deep by 9 ft long with 100g sump

zebra oscar x 1
red severum x 1
green severum x 1
convict cichlid x 1
tin foil barbs x 4
featherfin cat x 1
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This Happened 3 weeks 3 days ago #72024

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Seems you don't feed enough. A day more and you had just found remaing bones :huh:

Anyways, what do you keep in this tank? It is possible that especially cichlids become more aggressive after an water change because the temperature and oxygen change make them nuts.
This fish also could get sTick between sonething durig the WC and after it was near or completly done someone taked his chance. :whistle:
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This Happened 3 weeks 3 days ago #72025

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Hmm, I have read so much about over feeding that maybe I am not feeding enough...

I feed once a day after work. Do you all recommend feeding twice daily?

I have 1 oscar, 2 sevs, 4 (now 3) tinfoil barbs, a convict cichlid and sailfin cat.

I was watching the tank after the water change and all was good, he wasn't stuck or anything like that.
Tank: Display 450 g; 2.5 ft tall and deep by 9 ft long with 100g sump

zebra oscar x 1
red severum x 1
green severum x 1
convict cichlid x 1
tin foil barbs x 4
featherfin cat x 1
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This Happened 3 weeks 3 days ago #72026

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Now it's inpossible to tell who the murder was. Exept for the Oscar. Oscars eat there victims mostly whole and in this case that fish would be gone whole or his head would be missing or badly chewed up.

My money is on the Catfish but it's just an of many possible ways.
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This Happened 3 weeks 3 days ago #72028

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The oscar is the same size as the barb and I don't think he could fit the barb's head into his mouth yet.
Tank: Display 450 g; 2.5 ft tall and deep by 9 ft long with 100g sump

zebra oscar x 1
red severum x 1
green severum x 1
convict cichlid x 1
tin foil barbs x 4
featherfin cat x 1
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This Happened 3 weeks 3 days ago #72029

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I think it unlikely that any of your other fish could catch and kill a Tinfoil. Just too fast.My TFB has lived with a wide variety of fish, including a killer Dovii. Nothing can catch it The fish may have died, cause unknown of course, then the catfish scavenged the carcass. Tinfiol is a herbivore though, and while they will eat darn near anything, their diet should be a very high percentage aquatic veg content. Kelp, seaweed, algae based foods. Good for your Oscar and Sevs too.
1600gals of South and Central American cichlids. Some with just a "wee" bit of attitude!
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This Happened 3 weeks 3 days ago #72030

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You also have to consider the tank size. The last thing you want is a bunch of grumpy, hungry, cramped, aggressive fish together.

Although the Tinfoil are fast, they will eventually tire. Although I don't know how long it would take.

I agree with Toom. If you look up vids of O's eating larger fish/crustaceans (I wouldn't recommend it) they usually will tear them up so the prey will fit in their mouths.

Posting the tank dimensions should help.
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This Happened 3 weeks 3 days ago #72032

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The tank is large, display is 9' x 2.5' x 2.5'

What do you guys think about once daily feeding vs twice?
Tank: Display 450 g; 2.5 ft tall and deep by 9 ft long with 100g sump

zebra oscar x 1
red severum x 1
green severum x 1
convict cichlid x 1
tin foil barbs x 4
featherfin cat x 1
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This Happened 3 weeks 3 days ago #72033

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I believe your fish are all still relatively young and small? When raising cichlids, I generally use 8 months to one yr of age to adjust feeding. By one year they are def on a once daily feeding, with at least one day of fasting per week. Common sense dictates here as well. Amount fed is more pertinent than frequency. You could very well feed 3x daily with small amounts per feed. Types of feed also plays a role. Quality always trumps quantity.The over feeding warnings that are often given to newbies is to stop folks from doing actual damage to piggish fish. Oscars certainly are among the leaders in that group!
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