My daughters sucker fish died an apparently agonizing passing. What could be the exact?
My daughter called me over alarmed saying that one of the fish was dying. I come over, by that time it was motionless on its back near the surface. A couple second later it started thrashing around and swimming erratically. It kept flipping upside down as if its stomach were more buoyant. Its belly was bloated compared to the one remaining sucker fish still lifeless out. He would stop moving and sink lifelessly to the bottom, then start thrashing around again 10 or 15 second later. A few episodes of this and he finally found peace.
We recently have see the algae growing super fast compared to before. I've had to verbs the tank twice a week to keep it down. Could he have eat too much? What could have happened?
Its a 10 gallon tank and we used to verbs it weekly - now more frequently, it is heated & filtered, has a valid plant in it. We recently put in high-ranking efficiency bulbs which are much brighter - likely cause or contributor to the algae increase.
We've have other mysterious things happen. We originally got three sucker fish; one of them vanished after a day or two. We also have a frog vanish after four days or so. I'm assuming they were eaten by their companions, but could they own been killed? We haven't seen any aggressive behavior. At the time near were 5 cloud fish, a Male Beta fish, and a little Clown Loach. Then later the red Betta "Cinnamon" become lethargic, showed some brownish spots, and then died.
Oh yea, we added a male and womanly guppy, two or three babies appeared a week later. They vanished one by one.
I'm fine teaching my 5 year old daughter something like the impermanence of life and all that but; put together it would seem we've have a bloodbath on our hands. Is this typical?
How long has the tank be set up? It might need time to cycle.
Water chemistry is important. The tank should cycle BEFORE you put fish in, and while you want to manufacture sure the water is clean, cleaning too repeatedly can be harmful.
It's also a good idea to check on the compatibility of container mates before you add them, and be prepared to put them contained by a separate tank if they are not getting along.
I cannot explain everything but I do know a manly betta fish does not play well with other fish... very aggresive.
A 10 gallon tank is also WAY to small for the fish you are trying to keep. A common pleco WILL grow to over a foot long and produce deeply of waste in the tank. Mine is outgrowing a 50gallon reservoir right now.
This is my Pleco - He's about a foot long now and still growing.
jump to petco, i believe they carry powdered medicines/antibiotics to help with this.