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VReeftanks
10/06/2017, 08:40 AM
Hi guys
So I had a Firefish die today which was very unfortunate and he/she was one of my favourite fish. Im very confused as the fish had been in the aquarium for around 5 months and was eating fine, I did found however that the past couple of weeks that it had been hiding more than usual only occasionally coming out for food every once in a while so I was slightly worried but when it came out it still looked healthy so i assumed it was just being shy. The only critters in the tank are 1 red legged hermit crab, 2 Percula Clowns both of which are fairy large, and 1 Royale gramma which is also rather large. When first added the Firefish did suffer from some bullying from the royal gramma however that stopped after around 2 weeks then it left it alone. Im very baffled of why and how it died my levels are all in a good range and the fish showed no sign of disease. I found it with its stomach missing as if it had been eaten.

Any suggestions on how it could've died would be very welcome as Im rather confused atm.:sad2:

dublo8
10/06/2017, 12:56 PM
Firefish are the only fish that I have had trouble with. I have been in this hobby for a very long time and it's the only fish that I can't keep for an extended period of time. It always seems to be a random death as well.

slief
10/06/2017, 01:00 PM
I stopped buying fire fish years ago because I've never had long term success with them despite having a very healthy and well fed 700 gallon system that has been up and running since 1997.. I have no issues with any other fish but I've always found fire fish to be a tough fish to keep long term.

xCry0x
10/06/2017, 01:30 PM
Ditto with firefish -- my gut is that they are easily stressed and it eventually wears them down and they die.

The times I see them the happiest is when they are the -only- fish in the tank. Or the other fish is also a particularly docile fish, such as a mandarine.

The 2 fire fish I had both hid the majority of the day. The one that hid the most died first followed by the second relatively shortly after.

VReeftanks
10/06/2017, 02:50 PM
Ah ok I see, it seems that Firefish can be a bit finicky then. Ill steer clear of them for now then.
Thanks for the reply's guys.

chem-e
10/07/2017, 12:26 AM
It was probably your royal gramma that picked on it. I've gone thru 2 firefishes that died from my tailspot blenny. I would've never thought that the tailspot would be a bully but it just had a thing for fire fish. Once something bullies it, the fire fish stresses out and isn't able to eat.