sick pleco . help

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    Auluvrkk New Member Member

    My 1 yr old Pleco is sick . For the past several days he has floated belly up in the tank.He appears to be sucking for air. He is in a 100 gallon tank alomg with a calico koi and bug eyed moor.Each time I attempt to check him, he swims normally  to the bottom of the tank , hovers about 1o minutes and then slowly floats back to the top .I have checked the Ph balance of the tank and it is within the normal range and all filters are clean are properly functioning.The other two fish appear to be normal in all their activities.Any suggestions or ideas for me ?

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    Gunnie Well Known Member Member

    Have you been feeding him, or just letting him eat algae he can find in the tank? If you don't feed him, he's probably starving and is going for any food he can find. Put a slice of zucchini (courgette) weighted down or held under water with a veggie clip. If he's hungry, he will love it. I'd also suggest getting some of those green veggie wafers and feed him everyday. Let us know how he's doing! ;)
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    Miss Mouse Well Known Member Member

    Not sure but it sounds like it might be a floatation problem... I give my black moor mushy peas when he's floating funny and it sorts him out. I'm not sure if this website is reliable but it helps understand a bit about fish anatomy.
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    Jason Well Known Member Member

    It could be something called swim bladder :-\
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    Durbkat Valued Member Member

    Hey how is he doing? And like gunnie said he is probley starving.
  6. Butterfly

    Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    Auluvrkk hows your pleco doing?