-WARNING: Dead Pleco Pics- Cause of death?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by BettasAndAnOscar, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. BettasAndAnOscarValued MemberMember

    Found my BN pleco dead just now. No mold, and no damage. Water parameters were where I try to keep them. No fungus or signs of parasites.

    Tank mates were a dwarf gourami and a 7-year-old betta. Pleco ate algae, rasped on the driftwood, and nibbled on algae wafers and veggies.

    What could have killed him?

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  2. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    Aw, I'm sorry for your loss. What size tank and how old was he?

  3. BettasAndAnOscarValued MemberMember

    It's a 29 gallon, and I've had him for a little under a month. Not sure of exact age, but certainly very young.

  4. NympxzieValued MemberMember

  5. BettasAndAnOscarValued MemberMember

    Ammonia is zero, nitrate is zero, and nitrite is 20.
  6. slayer5590Well Known MemberMember

    Looking at the photos, it looks like it starved to death.
  7. delta5Well Known MemberMember

    Do you have any photos of it in water?
  8. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Did you get the nitrite and nitrate mixed up?
  9. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Would think so, there's no way to tell if nitrites really were 20 ppm anyway..

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  10. BettasAndAnOscarValued MemberMember

    Yeah, wasn't paying attention. Sorry!

    Really? I fed him an algae wafer daily, along with fresh veggies. He cleared my tank of algae and spent most of his time rasping on driftwood.

    Gosh, what a stupid mistake. Sorry!
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  11. GeoffreyWell Known MemberMember

    If you're referring to the API test kit, you can actually dilute the water sample with something like bottled water and do the math.
  12. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    It's ok, you're forgiven :)

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  13. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    No problem. Just double checking. I thought maybe that might be the issue.

    Sorry for your loose. Losing a fish for no apparent reason is frustrating.
  14. slayer5590Well Known MemberMember

    Yes it's belly looks quite sunken in. Are you sure it was actually eating the veggies? Btw most algae wafers have very little plant matter in them.
  15. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Yea, what brand of algae wafers were you feeding?

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  16. BettasAndAnOscarValued MemberMember

    ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1437270338.052843.jpg
    I know Tetra isn't the best, but it was more expensive than all the other ones at PetCo. The only other ones were Aqueon, and I'm not a fan of their other foods. I typically feed Omega One products, when I can find them. I often broke off the brown part and just fed him the algae.

    The last veggie I fed was a carrot. He ate some of it.
  17. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    More expensive doesn't necessarily equate with being the best. Like slayer mentioned, algae wafers contain little plant matter. What's worse is that Tetra foods contain the highest amount of fillers in the fish food industry so your pleco was not getting much nutrition to begin with. I personally recommend Omega One veggie rounds, have used it for these SAEs since I've had them and they are growing big. Even the kribs eat some of them as they fall.

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  18. slayer5590Well Known MemberMember

    You should be able to find both Omega and NLS at Petco.
  19. BettasAndAnOscarValued MemberMember

    Okay, I'll see if I can find some on Amazon, as none of my LFS carry them. Since the package said "concentrated algae center", I was mostly breaking off the brown part. I figured that was where the fillers and junk were, mostly.
  20. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    As mentoring by slayer, they are sold at Petco/Petsmart. That's where I got my can also.

    I'm not picking on you but I'd be more cautious about what you buy. Good example would be those Purina commercials that say nutritious dog food, yea... If you wanted to feed your dog something with tons of fillers.
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