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Shirlie Sharpe

Cannibalistic Fish?

By November 22, 2012

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Ever hear a story like this one?

"I have two Bristlenose in a mixed tropical tank. I have noticed over the last few weeks that fish have been disappearing and attributed it to my Red Tail Sharks, but tonight found a very recent formerly healthy fish now dead. The fish was stashed up under the bridge that is the home of my adult male Bristlenose, and was already half eaten. I am now wondering if he is the culprit behind the other disappearances. Has anyone else noticed this behavior?"

I sure have, and I've wondered the same thing. Do I have a killer fish in my tank? It's an easy assumption to make, but is it the right one? Are fish inherently cannibalistic?

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