Help Plecco died
I am so sad as I thought he didn't look well (small common pleco - while waiting for set up of larger tank, had a companion) with his dorsal fin down, but while resting that's the way they often are... I had treated the 25 gallon tank with 1/2 dose of quick cure for ich per pet store (petco) instructions (and every fish I bought there had ick, and they did not inform me that two minnows, bali shark and albino rainbow? and pleccos would grow so large) as it had the two plecos in it along with 3 cories. I didn't concern myself with him as my roomate got hit by bus, but today while working on computer noticed bali shark eating what I though was the filler that comes with 'potted plants ie mineral wool) which I thought I had taken out.. once I got it out felt hard and plastic like and looked under magnifier and found remains of fish.. still didn't know who all seemed accounted for but when I took out rocks plecco was missing..
I feed them spirulina discs, and then after reading and per petco started with occasional shrimp pellets... added frozen mosquito larve, tubifex worms, and planktons stuff until I read somewhere that this can clog plecos and fishes in generals guts and even kill them, (think on a guppy site) so started day with 'greens' then midday 'meats' then greens ie guppy flakes and or spirulina as sharks (minnows really) like the mix.
Please I feel horrible as I really liked the guy and am not sure what I did wrong... any help would be much appreicated.
Checked ph... 7.0 ammonia ok nitrates ok so on... I don't get much help from local pet store... Thanks Sherry
also, I had left filter intake off of filter to help clean tank better.. does anyone think he might have gotten cought in uptake... noticed they like to hang near filter... but it is pretty slow uptake?
I also have broken up cement brick holding up rock, but then it would affect all else?
thanks for any help.