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BN Plecos Dyin

11 years 4 months ago #7474 by nuth88
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Kevin~

I am psyched that it is working! Lets get together soon~

Chris

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11 years 4 months ago #7469 by bottomfeeders2
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I think I finally have this under control!

I used Triple-Sulfa and the Jungle anti-bacterial food.  The food was taking a long time to sink so I ground it up in a coffee grinder which made it sink to the bottom almost immediately.

I also added substrate to the tank as well as salt.

I have not had any losses in a week!

Thanks for your help!

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11 years 4 months ago - 11 years 4 months ago #6977 by mduros
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Ooh...  Doesn't look good.  I don't actively breed plecos, but I do have a pair of albino bns that breed non-stop.  They are in a community tank and I have only managed to salvage 3 of their offspring over the past year and a half.

I am real big on water changes.  I think that you need to perform 50% weekly in order to maintain a healthy tank.  Also, diet and nutrition.  Where this helps you is keeping your fish nice and healthy so they are resistant to disease.  My bns get fed shrimp pellets, spirulina wafers, the adults eat live blackworms as well, and fresh veggies, mainly cucumber and blanched zucchini, the occasional lettuce core.  I buy high quality fresh foods from a hobbyist that makes his own, www.almostnaturaltropicalfishfood.com .  If you buy food at a fish store, buy small quantities and only feed it for three months after opening, beyond that it drastically loses it's nutritional value.  And please provide them with driftwood.  This is a staple for most if not all plecos.  It helps their digestive tract.

Good luck and take care,
Mary.
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11 years 4 months ago #6870 by klassichobbies
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i had the same problem and lost all but one of my breeder females. i moved the fish entirely into my 75 gallon angel community tank. it has driftwood in it which i think helps. i managed to save my LF calico.

My suggestion is if you can move all the plecos entirely into a large and well established tank. the 75 does have substrate which i believe helps significantly with pleco health. Good luck and im terribly sorry for you losses.  :(

Klassic

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11 years 4 months ago #6828 by bottomfeeders2
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Thanks for the reply.  Yes, I am using tap water dechlorinator.

Thanks.

Kevin

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11 years 4 months ago #6825 by dragonkeeper
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Depending on your doses those medications can actually do more harm then good. Plecos and other scaleless catfish don't take well to strong medications like Melafix and Maracyn. These medications may actually be compounding the problem. Have you tried salt? I have found that it is like the swiss army knife of medications.

Definitely keep up on your water changes. (you are treating the chlorine right?) Just checking all my bases.

I don't know that substrate is going to solve your problem.

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11 years 4 months ago #6824 by bottomfeeders2
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I have been doing 40% water changes every other day.  I have also used maracyn and maracyn2 and Melafix.  Some of the other boards are telling me to use truple-sulfa.

I also have a bare bottom tank and they are telling me to add substrate.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks

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11 years 4 months ago #6811 by dragonkeeper
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Just found something here:

www.fishyfarmacy.com/Q&A/skin_disorders.html

4th question down (4th blue highlight)

I don't know if you can use these meds with plecos. You will have to do some more research.

Hope this helps

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11 years 4 months ago #6810 by dragonkeeper
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Looks to be some sort of bacterial infection. I would start with a massive water change (75 to 80 percent). I looks to be something in your water.

I'm by far no expert on the subject but I'm sure someone with more experiences than me will chime in. A massive water change though never hurts when something isn't looking good. Are their any other tank mates?

This has always been a good place to start for me.
www.fishyfarmacy.com/diseases.html


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11 years 4 months ago #6807 by bottomfeeders2
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 10 ppm
PH 7.6

I am having a continual problem which I think is bacterial related. Every couple of days I find another dead BN in the tank. Usually they are fry or juvies but every once in a while it affects some of the older juvies.

With the browns I really do not see any signs. With the LF's I usually see the tail fall off, very quickly. Literally the fish can llok fine and in one to two days later the tail is gone.

What is going on? I have treated with Maracyn/Maracyn2, Melafix.

I finnally got a good pic of a sick LF BN. I am sure he will not make it.

The tank is 20 Gal long.
One sponge filter
Bubble wand aeration
HOB filter.



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