Little chromis meets his end with a powerhead

Discussion in 'Pumps and Waterflow' started by Dlaria, 23 Oct 2011.

  1. Dlaria

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    One of my new little chromis got sucked up next to a powerhead. I freed him, but he had a big hickey on his side and shortly there after passed. I turned that powerhead off. He was perfectly fine 30 minutes ago. I think the are just too small and got too close. :(

    How can I protect the smaller fish from these?
     
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    Ok, answered my own problem for now... Here's what I did. It cut the flow quite a bit, but I don't want any more injuries.
     
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    :(:(:(...probably the same way you "Nennie Proof" you'r Tank..some cover them with sponge or netting and I have a plastic round container that covers my pump..hole infront and small holes at the side and/or back..haven't implemented it yet so I can't confirm, but have seen it work...some also cover them in a plastic square or rectangular box, full of small holes...but IMHO I'll cover the slit's with netting and just cable tyre it down...
     
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    Thanks, I'll poke around the house and see if I have some stronger plastic netting I can use.
     
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    fish do not just swim into the powerheads. They stay clear. But dead fish and dying fish do float into it.
    Sure it was not dead? That filter floss will seriously impact your power head performance.
     
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    It was fine 30 minutes before. It's only about an inch long fish. He may have been trying to dodge another fish or something and just got too close. I'm looking for something better to use. :)
     
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    Week fish are candidates for pump fatalities. I am for RiaanP on this one.

    The "filter mat" as we in SA call it,around your circulation pumps, Will have to be replaced very regularly. It will restrict the flow one looks for very quickly. On the other hand it will pull out a lot of detritus.
     
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    was he caught in the pump closest to the front?
     
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    He was stuck to the grill on the side of the powerhead. :(
     
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    OK, I assume it is the pump closest to the front, also the area between the corner and the pump.

    Part of chromis natural behaviour is to hide away. Then come out to feed, then hide away. In tanks, the come out in a school to feed sometimes goes away and they end up hiding all day long. And they ecen hide in the tank corners, just hanging in the corner hoping nobody see them.
    If your chromis was indeed healthy, I presume it tried to hide in the area between the pump and the corner. And then got stuck.
     
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    I just think the fish was sick and weak. My chromis seem to like the high flow in my tank and they can really take it. Its not normal for a healthy fish to get stuck next to a flow pump
     
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    im also of the opinion that fish was battling before it got sucked against the pump, healthy fish normally avoide the suction easily.
     
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    My first school of chromis also got smaller because one got stuck on a powerhead. They looked healthy upon introduction but that doesn't necessarily mean it was the case.

    I'm of the opinion that "clown syndrome" or whatever you call it is common under chromis as well. You buy 10 and 8 survive. No exact reason for their death like disease or sickness. Just lots of over breeding etc. Just my 2c.
     
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