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Not long ago, one of my shubunkins died.. it was on the floor, on its side... do fish float when they die?

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I hope i didnt bury it alive... though it wouldnt move, so it must of been dead :'(

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Guest alex

i've had some float, and some sink, so i guess it varies (not that i have a habit of killing my fish or anything - this is what i've seen in various tanks around me, not just mine!!). could it be that yours got trapped in the gravel or slightly under a plant or something, that's why it didn't float? pure guesswork on my part. sorry for your poor dead shub tho...

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Alot of the time I see dead fish in stores floating on the bottom, I think it has to do possibly with how much oxygen they have in them at the time?...

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could well be. and also how much fatty tissue they have. that's certainly a factor in humans, ie drownings and how long the bodies take to rise from the bottom (sorry if that upsets/offends anyone - it was only meant to be an example...).

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At first they do sink, then after a day or two they will start to float to the top.

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k, thnx everyone

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