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Hey anybody know what may have caused the death of my pleco after a water change? The tank has been ...

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    Hey anybody know what may have caused the death of my pleco after a water change? The tank has been set up for months now he was about 3-5 inches. changed the water two hours later he was dead, no other fish have died since, any help would be great.

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    did you feed your pleco,or did you just let it eat the algae in the tank?also your tank's size,filters,other fish ect.... would help.
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    I had it in a 29g growin it out to be in my 55g, it is with a rubber lip pleco and barbs and cory's, They have all been in there for a long time. I have feed the pleco's alge wafers every other day or so, and I have a cheap regent 60 gallon filter on it. the flter works great, the pleco was on the glass for a while before I found it dead. I hope this helps. Thanks

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    Well, if you remembered to dechlorinate the water and the water you added was of a similar temp to the tank water, I can't see how a waterchange would kill him. How often do you generally change the water?

    It could just be one of those mysterious fish deaths.
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    I change it weekly about 1-3 gallons same temp and always dechlorinate the water, this is the third com pleco that I have had die.

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    What size tank is it? What are the other inhabitants?
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    well - someones gotta say it............. (Purple looks at Mikes sig line)

    apart from algae wafers - what else did you feed it ?
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    I bet he just got tired of looking at you. Or maybe the wife is killing of your fish one at a time to get back at you for spending $100 on a "stupid filter that you didnt need"

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    levia7han I tell you what, Mr filtration you made me buy it. PUrple That is all I feed my alge eaters is wafers. Lotus tank size again is 30 with barb's and cory's.

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    Well, one point is that 1 - 3 gallons isn't really much of a water change on a 29 or 30g tank (sorry, I didn't read the second post thouroughly). You should do a minimum of 3 gallons, probably 5 or 10 would be better. Have you tested your ammonia, nitrites and nitrates?
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