Oto death pattern

Discussion in 'Otocinclus' started by omnitheforsaken, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. omnitheforsakenValued MemberMember

    Today I found one of my Oto's dead in the tank. The tank has more than enough algea in it and my Oto's all appear to be healthy and eating well. When I found this Oto this afternoon, it's stomach was huge. This happened to another Oto of mine about 2 months ago. When it happened to the first one I just kind of dismissed it since I know Oto's are sensitive but after this occurence I decided to look into it.

    I found that many people report having their Oto's die with similar circumstances. Those being an aged tank w/ good chemistry and on a sufficient diet w/ no previous signs of distress.

    My tank has been cycled for some time and my reading today were pH 7.6, Alk - 0ppm, Nitrite - 0ppm, and Nitrate - 5ppm. Didn't check hardness.

    I'm wondering if any one has a clue as to what this could be.

    IMO it's belly was huge, too huge. What could that possibly translate into?
     
  2. Jake the Fish

    Jake the FishValued MemberMember

    It could be a swim bladder problem. I am not sure though because it has never happened to me.
     




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