HPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1455 times:
I've had a fishtank for over a year now. One of my original fish purchases was a scissortail who was at least 2 and half times bigger than any other fish I bought. I have a small tank, only 10 gallons, and I usually kept 4 or 5 fish at a time. The rest of the fish have had an average life span of only 3-4 months.
Well, now all the other fish have died, and just the scissortail remains. I can't prove it, but I suspect this guy has eaten a couple of the smaller fish over time, and I'm very damn sure he has at least hindered the eating habits of the others. I was very good about putting food in the tank on a daily basis. I've decided I won't get any more fish until the scissortail dies.
I'm not terribly fond of the idea of keeping the tank going just for him, especially since I've marked him for termination. The tank is also due for a good thorough cleaning, new rocks, full water change, and sterilization of the glass. I kinda wish somebody would come in and whack him - perhaps do it while he's eating a plate of spaghetti like in the mafia movies. I really don't have the heart to kill him myself, but I feel like it's time for an ending. I'm putting a contract out on my fish. Can anyone recommend the best way to resolve my dilemma?
However, ask around, I'm sure there is somebody who would love to be donated a fish. Just because this one is doing what comes naturally to it, i.e. eating other fish, doesn't mean he should be killed for it, joking aside I am an animal lover and find it a little harsh just to kill the poor thing. Somebody will want him (other than the cat )
It depends on what fish you had in your tank. Scissortails (Rasbora Trilineata) are a fork-finned fish, so they are faster than fan-tailed fish; because of that, the fork-tailed able to hog the food. Also, the Rasbora are very hardy, so it is possible that something is wrong with your tank, and less less tolerable fish simply croaked.
Which leads me to this:
Quoting HPLASOps (Thread starter): The tank is also due for a good thorough cleaning, new rocks, full water change, and sterilization of the glass.
How often do you clean your tank? The carbon filter should be changed every 2-4 weeks, and the gravel vacuumed and water partially changed every 2 weeks.
What to do? a)Clean the tank and filter more often, b)Put only fork-tails in the tank of the same aggressiveness, c)check the Rasbora for any abnormailities (like Cottonmouth, Ick, etc.), or d)eliminate the Rasbora
How do I know this? I used to work the fish department at a pet store for several years-while I was in high school.
BaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 52 Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1302 times:
Firstly, I respectfully insist that you donate this fish to another home. Visit your local fish store. If it's a privately owned store, they will likely give you credit for it, which can be applied to other fish and accessories.
If you must kill the fish, put it into a disposable cup, with water from the tank. Then, place the cup in the freezer. The fish will not feel a thing, and be dead within minutes. That is the most humane thing you can do.
I've practiced aquaria for over twenty years now, and almost have a B.S. in marine biology. If you have any more questions, shoot me an email.