my plec died, why?

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my plec died, why?

Postby laughsatcats » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:13 am

i am very new to tropical tanks, just brought a juwel trigon 190, put in the plants and put some rocks (all soaked and washed etc). I asked if it was ok to get some fish and the woman said "some guppys and a plec are good hardy peaceful fish", so i brought them after 2 days of having the tank.

this morning the plec was dead after 1 day in the tank, stress?
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Postby Angel Fish » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:49 am

It could be stress, but there are other factors involved with a new tank.

I'm really sorry that your LFS has given you pretty bad advice when setting up a tank. You really need to cycle a tank before adding any fish. It's much better for you and your fishy friends if you do this with an empty tank (fishlessly) but with an Ammonia source - I'll try to find you a link with an example of a fishless cycle.

Did you add anything to the water before you added the fish?
Was the tank at the correct temperature?
How many Guppies did you add?
Do you know what species of Plec it was?

Sorry for all the questions, but they help us to help you.

Oh, and welcome to TTT :)
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Postby Wolfgirl » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:01 am

Gotta agree with AF here. :( It's really frustrating that so many fish shops give bad advice. Please keep in mind that this isn't your fault; you should be able to trust the advice given to you in a fish shop. But unfortunately, this isn't the case a lot of times.

If you can give us the details AF asked about, we can help you to avoid similar problems in the future. :)
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Postby laughsatcats » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:03 am

it was an albino plec
12 small guppys they said was ok for a tank this big and 6 cherry barbs

nothing added to the water, temperature is at 27 degrees C
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Postby laughsatcats » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:05 am

i also have a slate rock formation, with 3 live plants and an air diffuser attached to the filter/pump thingee in the corner, was told it helps oxygenate
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Postby Wolfgirl » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:41 am

Did you add dechlorinator to the water when you filled the tank?

Those fish are OK for that size tank, but not when you first set it up. I would suggest reading the whole beginner section of the main site (accessible by clicking on The Tropical Tank logo in the top left), but especially the cycling section.
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Postby laughsatcats » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:41 am

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Postby Wolfgirl » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:42 am

Yes, we have the same tank as one of ours. :)

Was it an albino bristlenose plec? Those seem to be the most commonly sold albinos around here.
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Postby Lynton » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:43 am

I too am fairly new to this.

Please take a few mins to read the stickies (top threads of each section) that the more experienced members have posted.

There is so much moer to this hobby than buying tank, filling with water and adding fish.

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Postby Angel Fish » Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:25 pm

You really need to get some dechlorinator - check the bottle to make sure it removes Chlorine and Chloramine. Not having any in the water could be the main reason why your Plec died so quickly. :(
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Postby laughsatcats » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:52 am

i did add some dechlorinator to the water at the start
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Postby Wolfgirl » Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:19 am

Just be sure to add it each time you do a water change. :) The bottle will tell you how much to add per litre/gallon. :)

How often do you do water changes?
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Postby laughsatcats » Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:29 am

the tankis only 1 week old, :) so i havent done any yet.
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Postby calsonic » Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:51 pm

your pleco might not have had enough food (algey) if your tank was only one week old i was told to leave a tank two or three weeks at least before you should put a pleco in to a new tank to give the algey enough time to grow but i may be wrong
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Postby David » Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:11 pm

Angel Fish wrote:You really need to get some dechlorinator - check the bottle to make sure it removes Chlorine and Chloramine.


Not trying to contradict you in anyway, just passing a comment. When i first got my tropical (Well sub tropical) tank i did water changes after leaving them to dechlorinate in buckets over 48Hrs. Now i know that my local water company add chloramines and no harm came to the fish which included a giant moth catfish which are very sensitive and often molt when stressed or there is something wrong, never molted and did fine. :shock: Any idea? I do know that dechlorinator is an important piece of equipment, i might have been just lucky that he lived so long and he died after i did start using dechlorinator. Weird.

Nice tank laughsatcats! :)

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