Bloated Pleco Please Help!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by The fish guy11122, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. The fish guy11122Valued MemberMember

    So a week ago one of my heaters broke in my tank and because this tank is located in my garage the tank quickly cooled. Luckily there was only the pleco in the tank at the time. The tank temperature went down to 3c and i was amazed the pleco was still alive!! I quickly moved him indoors and sat him in a bucket in the house for about a day to let him slowly warm up after a day had passed i acclimated him to one of my tanks. He seemed fine for a day but then his eyes went swollen and stuck out of his head!! I was pretty alarmed by this but it only lasted a day an then went back to normal. Then he was fine for a few days but now he is extremely swollen. It is hard to see by the photos but it is bad. What should I do??[​IMG][​IMG]
  2. MD_PlantsWell Known MemberMember

    Fish with no scales are a lot more likely to get diseases and can react easily to change in environment then scaled fish. did you use plain tap water? did you put in any medication? Is there a filter with activated carbon in the tank? activated carbon will remove any thing that is bad to the pleco.
  3. The fish guy11122Valued MemberMember

    Yes the tank has aqua safe added to the water and there is carbon in the filter. I have not yet used any medication
  4. MD_PlantsWell Known MemberMember

    Ok, I would wait a few days then do a 20 percent water change. Then do 20 percent every week until he's healed. That's all you really can do

    Also, scrap some algae off the glass or he will get obese
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  5. MuhiddinValued MemberMember

    I produce long-lasting dwarf shrinkage in Turkey. The problem with constipation is that the swelling of your fish is caused by the ingestion of too much food that is not over-fed.

    Give them vegetable dishes. You need to avoid protein-dense baits.

    Carrot Carrot Peas Curly Red Sweet Pepper Lettuce Curly

    The fish is constipated.

    I made a lot of l144 lda16 and albino black gold lofing tulle tail.

    Please give the fish vegetables.
  6. The fish guy11122Valued MemberMember

    I actually haven't seen him eat since the incident and non of the algae has been eaten of the glass as you can see there is alot of it
  7. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I would do larger water changes. 20% weekly is a minimum for healthy fish. On a fish that's not doing well, larger and/or more frequent changes are helpful.

    I'd feed him some blanched, deshelled peas first, to see if that helps.
  8. MuhiddinValued MemberMember

    Instead of water evaporation, only water is added. No water changes.
  9. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Not a good idea. Water changes remove waste and replenish minerals in the tank. Simply topping off isn't good enough.
  10. MuhiddinValued MemberMember

    Water loves muddy sludge water. Only water should be added instead of evaporated water. Also, if there are too many fish filth, the lower part should be withdrawn.

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  11. MD_PlantsWell Known MemberMember

    Not a good idea to just top off the tank. I like to think of minerals and waste like salt in an ocean. When the water evaporates from the ocean it leaves the salt behind. When the water in an aquarium evaporates it leaves the waste behind. When I was beginning I only ever topped of the water and I got the tank infested with micro creatures that took over 2 years to get rid of. And if you are referring to using R/O water instead of tap you are correct.
  12. MuhiddinValued MemberMember

    Vegetables must be given

    The simplest cucumber

  13. MD_PlantsWell Known MemberMember

    Please stop replying with videos
  14. MuhiddinValued MemberMember

    I apologize, because I do not speak much English.

    I'm responding with Google translation.

    Sometimes the translation is bad, so I wanted to send a video.
  15. MD_PlantsWell Known MemberMember

    It's fine I just don't speak your language. You get most of the words right thought the phrasing is off a bit though
  16. The fish guy11122Valued MemberMember

    Do you think it could be dropsy?
  17. MuhiddinValued MemberMember

    My only goal is to help. I shared the answer to the question with my friends.
  18. MD_PlantsWell Known MemberMember

    It might be but I never heard of dropsy suddenly appearing like you said in initial post. My guess it just a reaction from the heater not working and changing and etc
  19. The fish guy11122Valued MemberMember

    Also I can really tell if the scales are sticking up as plecos don't really have many scales so it is hard to tell
  20. MD_PlantsWell Known MemberMember

    Since plecos don't have scales and have more of a protective layer, when they stick out that is usually a symptom with combination of bloating. Can I ask what size he is. I think he might have dropsy even though I said it probably wasn't. I have never seen it come up in 1 day. Have you noticed him laying on his side in the tank at all. Clean water is the immediate concern and high quality food. Make sure there is not ammonia or nitrite in your water, nitrates are under 10 (better if it is even lower) and that you are doing water changes of 50-75% minimum a week. In this case I would do much more water changes. It is essential that the water be pristine if you are going to fight this disease.
  21. The fish guy11122Valued MemberMember

    Unfortunately he passed away