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  1. #1
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    Jun 2005

    lost my cucumber!

    i looked everywhere in my tank today and didn;t see him all day. it's a tiger cucumber. i'm just worried because i was told that they can poison the tank if they die.
    do they burrow through the sand or something? if i can't find him in the next few days i think i;m going to take my live rock out to look for him, but if it comes to that he's out of the tank for good, dead or alive
    how hardy are these cucumbers? am i just worrying for nothing?

  2. #2
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    Apr 2003
    they sleep almost all day and come out at night. they burrow in around the rocks and its not unusual to not see them for LONG periods of time. look for small piles of clean sand pellets in the morning.

  3. #3
    Senior Member volitan's Avatar
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    Dec 2003
    when i had mine i wasnt seeing him for weeks and all of a sudden he would pop up

  4. #4
    Senior Member Khoa's Avatar
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    Sep 2004
    they burry in sand too if i can remember correctly.
    Newbie in training

  5. #5
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    Dec 2003
    go check in your garden,or your local metro store.hahahahaha

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    Senior Member kjasjg's Avatar
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    Mar 2004
    Cucumbers can poison the whole tank in seconds I experienced it first hand. When they die however they don't tend to poison the water they only poison the water when they are afraid of something. It happened when I was cleaning the tank glass with a magnetic cleaner I came within 4-6 inches of it. by the time I was finished the fish were breathing really heavey - I thought it was the shock of the cleaning but when I came back to the tanks 20 minutes later everything was dead (except the astrea snails).

    If it were a poison issue you would know in minutes your fish would be breathing heavy and at the top of the tank.

    Its the early bird that gets the worm, but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2003
    I wouldn't worry too much. Tiger cucs have never been documented to poison a tank. It is the more exotics that have that reputation. I started with 2 tiger cucs and they have split into 15 over the years.
    Tanks: 400 gal Reef, 180 gal FOWLR, 300 gal Sump, 40 gal Frag Tray plumbed as one system - 900 gal total water volume.
    DIY Calcium Reactor, Nielson Reactor and Skimmer

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