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com pleco dead? after water change

Discussion in 'FreshWater General Discussion' started by k-ven, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. k-ven

    k-ven Small Fish

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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.
     


  2. catfishmike

    catfishmike Superstar Fish

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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.
     
  3. k-ven

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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
     
  4. Lotus

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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.
     
  5. k-ven

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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.
     
  6. Lotus

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    What size tank is it? What are the other inhabitants?
     
  7. Purple

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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 ?
     
  8. levia7han

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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"

    Lev
     
  9. k-ven

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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.

    Levia7han don't have wife cuz he slit her with a fishy knife.
     
  10. Lotus

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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?
     
  11. Purple

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    ermmmm.......'ol Hypostomus pl*costomus eats a lot of things - algae being only one. Probably died of starvation like the others. Don't believe it ? - try a diet of lettuce for the rest of your life.

    You may want to take a look at this before you get another http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/gpleco2.html

    I know a lot of Pl*cos are algae only - but the common Pl*cs eat flake - wafers - prawns, a variety of veg - anything going basically. No wonder the poor thing was on the glass - probably trying to eat it.
     
  12. levia7han

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    you starved your fish.... I hold myself to blame.. I should have said something.... cry

    purple. Hes gonna say that he had 2 commons in a 20 gallon for like 5 years and thats all he fed. But he had goldfish with them... and they are so messy that there was plenty left over for them to eat.

    Um. I got thinking too. You dont have covers around your heater. I dont know. But wasnt he hideing on those for awile there. He could have died of burns.... I bet there was a amonia/nitrite spike when you added those coreys. But I dont think that would have killed the plec. Would have gotten the coreys first I would think.

    More than likely it was just your raping that killed the fish.. or maybe you were playing your 2-pack too much and it died from hearing the same song over and over again... I know I would have killed myself.

    Lev
     
  13. Gerdie

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    Water changes should be around 15%-25%, which means in a 29 gallon should be 4 to over 7 gallons. But I would think it would have gotten to the other fish first. I had a plec a while ago that just died after a little under a month. I determined it wasn't conditions because the Blue Rams (as sensitive as they are) and all of the other fish never showed the first sign of stress. I fed everything from algea wafers to cucumbers, lettuce & carrots to shinking shrimp pellots. But wouldn't eat them. He ended up starving himself to death, not because I didn't feed him, but for one reason or another, he wasn't eating what I was feeding. I don't know if something else was stressing him and causing him not to eat or what.

    Another quetstion, do you have driftwood in your tank. Most plecos need driftwood in the tank....
     
  14. Purple

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    There's a lot of meat on a goldfish for a pleco to suck on - barbs are a bit more skinny - still reckon he starved it

    mind you - fair point about 2-pack
     
  15. levia7han

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    K-ven here not lappy

    ok guys I have had fish for a long time, and most of the time I change the water like I should, I treat my fish better than my wife. I was just wondering if any one had a idea's for a not so major question. I have just had no luck with pleco's.
     
  16. Gerdie

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    Honestly, you'll probably never know. That's about as good of an answer you'll get. Like with my pleco I stated above, I don't KNOW what happened. Just guessed. It happens
     
  17. Purple

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    So - you treat your fish better than you treat your wife - and this is the 3rd one you've had die on you huh? - lol - fair enough

    Seriously though - sometimes Pl*cos just refuse to eat, often when first aquired. Not unusual to have one starve to death out of stubborness. Next time you choose a fish - chuck a prawn in the lfs tank - you want the first fish that gets it.
     
  18. FroggyFox

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    thats a good idea Lev! The LFS would probably get mad though... heh
     
  19. k-ven

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    I had another barb die saterday from the same tank and the rest of my tiger barbs all have sollown belly's and set and float almost upside down, but the still swim really good, any Ideas if I have a parisite or something else, but my green barbs still look ok from the same tank?????
     
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