My Clown Pleco Is Neither Eating Algea Flakes Nor Cucumber!

  1. Sagar Joshi Member Member

    I have 32G tank with only 1 clown pleco. Initially he was feasting on the algea in the tank.

    I had cleaned the tank on the weekend. Now since there was no algea I was feeding him algea wafers. He didn't eat that for couple of days. Then I tried blanched cucumber. I boiled a slice in water for 2 min in microwave. It had shriveled a bit. I put that in the tank. He didn't eat that as well.

    I do see him moving about on the glass and the decor.

    Is he eating? Do I need to worry?
  2. Discusluv Well Known Member Member

    How did you clean tank? What is your maintenance schedule?
    The first thing I do when my fish are not acting normally is a water test: Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate.
    Once done I explore other possibilities.

  3. Sagar Joshi Member Member

    I do weekly water change. I scrubbed algea off my tank. Cleaned all decor and plants since they were covered with algea as well. There are 0 ammonia 0 nitrites 0 nitrates
  4. Discusluv Well Known Member Member

    I think your problem is here then, as a cycled tank will have some nitrates present. Is this newly set up- within the last 3 months or an established tank?

  5. Sagar Joshi Member Member

    It's established tank. Nitrates are almost zero because of water change. It's yellow with hint of orange.
  6. DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    Is there wood in the tank?
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  8. DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    Then that probably is the issue. Clowns are woodeaters and need cellulose for digestion-reasons. Beside of that they eat frozen / living food as well (omnivores)
  9. Sagar Joshi Member Member

    What kind of wood should I add? I will try feeding him frozen bloodworms.
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  13. Sagar Joshi Member Member

    I added wood on Tuesday.. and today morning I found him dead amongst the plants..

    I don't know what happened. May be died because of hunger?
  14. DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    Think his digestion has come to a stilstand cause if the lack of the right food. Trying to rescue one in the same conditions kept by family .
  15. Sagar Joshi Member Member