Something ate my tetras but who's the culprit?

  1. msarko19 Member Member

    Newly set up 10g planted tank with my pair of GBRs, 5 (now 2) neon tetras and one bumblebee catfish. Came home from a weekend away and I have two lone neons left and no dead ones. So what ate them? The bumb. Is supposed to be very peaceful and non aggressive and GBRs are cichlids still but are tiny? Any educated guesses?
     
  2. clk89 Fishlore VIP Member

    I'm unsure about GBRs but I know the neons are too active for a ten gallon. You were pretty overstocked, which lack of territory could of caused tension.

    What are your water's parameters (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate ph)?
     

  3. msarko19 Member Member

    Haven't tested in a little while but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. My water is real hard, ph about 7.5 and zero ammonia and nitrites when I tested last weekend. I dose NPK and not sure what my nitrates were at but have never had issues with high nitrates. I doubt my parameters caused my fish to eat each other.
     
  4. Ihaveacactus Member Member

    Is it possible they could have jumped out? A while back I had a black neon tetra disappear and went crazy looking for his body in the tank, only to find it shriveled up on the ground :(
     

  5. happygolucky Well Known Member Member

    I'm pretty sure it was the Bumblebee catfish, they have wide mouths and could easily swallow a tiny tetra, even if they aren't aggressive. I would like to add that all of your fish should be in a 20g minimum, and upgrading would probably prevent more deaths :)
     
  6. hampalong Fishlore VIP Member

    Bumblebee Cats are peaceful, but they will eat small fish. Also they should be kept in groups of 6+, in a much bigger tank.
     
  7. slayer5590 Well Known Member Member

    Can you post a pic of your bumblebee. Not all fish sold as bumblebee cats are actually what they are claimed to be.
     

  8. msarko19 Member Member

    The bumblebee cat was a spur of the moment purchase at petsmart so I really just brought him without knowing much. ( I know not good) it's definitely a mumble bee cat and he will be moving to my community 29 and the remaining neons. Any suggestions on a new tank make I can add with my rams? And I've talked to many people that raise pairs of dwarf cichlids in 10g and my spawn and are very happy and healthy but thanks for the responses everyone