I had a bit of a tragedy last night - one of my Zebra Danios somehow managed to worm its way behind the filter in its tank (An Elite Stingray 15)
By the time I found it, it was quite badly crushed, but even worse, it was still alive. After I saw how badly it was injured, I put it out of its misery with some Vodka, but obviously I don't want to have to deal with that again.
Is there any way to block off the space behind the filter? I have some filter wool on hand, but I'm not sure they won't start pulling at it. Or is this just a hazard of fishkeeping that I have to accept and be aware of?
Sorry to hear that, to lose a pet by accident is always horrible. It is a hazard of small fish and internal filters / heaters, but your filter wool idea sounds a good one as it will block the gap and can be replaced as necessary.
I had this happen with a white cloud mountain minnow and an Elite Stingray, and I know Im not the only one. They are badly designed and the best thing you can do is to buy another filter, like an Eheim Aquaball or a Fluval U2/3. In the meantime, filling the space with filter wool will work as a stop gap. The filtration on the stingrays isnt good anyway as you will notice there is hardly any sponge in them.
Yep they are a bit of a pain and the caridges have carbon in and I've never found replacements without it so you are stuck with replacing cartridges every few weeks or just stuffing more sponge in their place.
I've had a few fish stuck behind an Elite Stingway. In my opinion they're rubbish filters with a serious design flaw. Get rid of it and replace with something less gimmicky that won't make it easy for inquisitive fish to commit suicide behind it.
Sorry for the fishy loss As many have said, the stingray does have some design faults and it's not a particulary great filter tbh. I'd consider an upgrade to an Eheim Aquaball or the like. You should just push the existing foam from the stingray into the new filter to ensure no loss of bacteria when you do a swop over.
Hope that helps.
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