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2 Plecos dead, am I missing something?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Newbie Forum' started by dahdahlv, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. dahdahlv

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    Hello all!

    I have owned fish in the past, but as I am learning, never kept them humanely and this is my first go at it.

    I have a 10 gallon tank with a Betta, 2 neon swordtails, 2 shrimp and 2 frogs. I also have several low light plants (pic attached). The filter is a 5-10 gal filter. There is also a heater and an air pump. I had just an old desk lamp over the left side until earlier this week when I got a Full Spectrum LED Freshwater Fish Tank Light (10-Watt).

    I do water changes every 2 weeks to once a month, more often it ends up being once a month. I feed them flakes daily, sometimes twice a day. The last time I did testing (about 2 weeks ago) pH was 8.0; Amonia 0; Nitrite 0; and Nitrate 0.

    About a moth ago, I picked up a pleco to help with the brown algae that I was struggling to keep under control. It moved about the tank some, but would stay in one spot for hours at a time and it died about two weeks later. I did some research and became worried it didn't have enough food because of lack efficient lighting and read that the brown stuff isn't enough to sustain them. Armed with my new knowledge. I went and bought another pleco and some PlecoWafers. This new one was so awesome. It moved about a lot and cleaned up so much. I would drop a wafer in when the last wafer was gone or almost gone. To my dismay, I found it dead today.

    Any thoughts about what I might be doing wrong?


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    Okay, I have been doing some reading in the forums and I think there is a lot I am doing wrong. As I am reading I am seeing I have A LOT to learn. Please help!!
     
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    Tank is way too small and the mix not right.
     
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    OrionGirl No freelancing!

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    You do not NEED a pleco. Your tank will not benefit from one, and most will outgrow it quickly. So...just do without unless you want the fish because they are cool and you like them...in which case you need to get a more appropriate sized tank, and go from there.

    Brown algae is easily cleaned off manually, and that's going to be the best bet. I'd do encourage you to be more diligent about water changes, and look at what you want from the tank. Right now, you don't have enough plants for it to be 'planted', and the lack of nitrates means the plants you do have are going to slowly decline. That's not tough to fix, but if it's not what you want then there isn't much point.
     

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