Should you dig up your dead?

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I've had a YWG for about 8 months. He lives with a tiger pistol, and I see him out the majority of the day. However, for the past 2-3 weeks, I haven't seen him once. Just recently, the shrimp has started to come out of the hole, but still no goby. I am assuming he is dead:(. What do I do now? Should I try to find his body, or just leave it. I presume the CUC crew in the tank will take care of it, but I wasn't sure if he died in the hole if they will go in to get him. I also don't want to injury the shrimp while moving rocks and digging around for him.
 
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I agree with the above poster. Is there any way the YWG could have jumped? Years ago, I had a goby jump and found him behind the tank...probably several days after the fact. It was a sad find. Hopefully, you can find another goby that will pair up with the shrimp. I was able to successfully pair up my shrimp again after the goby jumped.
 
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Thanks all, that is what I figured. I don't think he jumped as I have a pretty tight lid, but I had a fish in a different tank jump, and I would say it was impossible with that lid as well. I checked around and didn't see him on the floor, but we do have dogs here, so he could have become a snack. I've been looking for a new goby to add-in, but it's hard to find fish these days. My LFS doesn't have many in, so I may start searching online.
 

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Not to create false hope, but if you have a lot of rockwork the fish may be alive. I've lost fish for up to 6 months, said last rites, kiddush, and all other manner of death rituals only to have it show up one day during a water change. I wouldn't expect a paired goby to leave its shrimp/hole, but I suppose they could have gotten a divorce and been banished.
 

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We had a black watchman goby assumed gone for 3-4 months or more in our 32g BioCube.

Was cleaning out the refugium in back one day with flashlight and there he was... Black on Black I just hadn't seen him back there in all that time. He was fat and happy. Was very reclusive and squinty eye'd for a while after being tossed back in the main tank area. He was small enough when we first put him in that he went through the return flow slots into the back and to stupid to find his way back out. Then grew to where he couldn't get back out.
 
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I had a lawnmower blenny die a couple months back. I saw the body under one of my corals. I intentionally left it there as a snack for my hermits and bristle worms, as was said, circle of life. Within 2 days, there was no trace that the fish had even existed. So I would say by the 3 week mark, there is very little chance that you would even be able to find anything to dig up.
 

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I agree with the posts above. If it's truly dead, the CUC will take care of it. He may still be alive and you'll see him pop up after you thought he was gone (my swalesi basslet did exactly that). The only time I remove any dead fish from my tank is if I see it in there and can get to it fairly easily.
 
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:( How else do you think it could have died.

I’m not sure he seemed fine one day and gone the next

Not to create false hope, but if you have a lot of rockwork the fish may be alive. I've lost fish for up to 6 months, said last rites, kiddush, and all other manner of death rituals only to have it show up one day during a water change. I wouldn't expect a paired goby to leave its shrimp/hole, but I suppose they could have gotten a divorce and been banished.

it’s only a 30 gallon. So I’d think I would have noticed him by now.

We had a black watchman goby assumed gone for 3-4 months or more in our 32g BioCube.

Was cleaning out the refugium in back one day with flashlight and there he was... Black on Black I just hadn't seen him back there in all that time. He was fat and happy. Was very reclusive and squinty eye'd for a while after being tossed back in the main tank area. He was small enough when we first put him in that he went through the return flow slots into the back and to stupid to find his way back out. Then grew to where he couldn't get back out.

It’s an AIO with small returns. I thought he might have jumped at first because he seemed fine and then disappeared.
 

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Not to create false hope, but if you have a lot of rockwork the fish may be alive. I've lost fish for up to 6 months, said last rites, kiddush, and all other manner of death rituals only to have it show up one day during a water change. I wouldn't expect a paired goby to leave its shrimp/hole, but I suppose they could have gotten a divorce and been banished.
kiddush = kaddIsh..lol
 
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