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Old 02-08-12, 08:23 PM
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The male or the cave?

A couple of weeks ago one of my egg bound L333 females died both sides of the body looked pretty much sanded/ scraped and was blood coming out. I thought the culprit was the large L333 male but did not take any action until I see a second victim.

Two days ago I saw another fat female that I purchased for a bit high price from a different blood line got the same issue. I quickly reacted and moved the monster male to an isolated tank.

Even after the moving of the fish didn't seem to fix the problem the above second female's sides were turning from white to red and tail fin seems to be disappeared completely as of this morning. I know I don't have much time to figure this out.

I believe I found the might be cause of the problem. About 4 months ago I purchased a log shaped round cave for 8 bucks from a shop. It looks like a ceramic made and heavy. The shop had a about 20 of them at that time. This cave had entrance smooth but behind it a very sharp edge like a knifes edge.

I had to crush the cave with a light hammer to remove the hiding fish from it after crushing it revealed the material was not ceramic but it was like cheap plastic resin . May be poisonous resin who knows.
Now the male is back in the tank with others and fingers crossed for the female.
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Old 02-08-12, 08:50 PM
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Wow that doesn't sound good about the cave. Sorry for your loss. I wouldn't trust those caves either.

I found Waterlifes Myxazin to be very safe to use with my plecos especially the scraped up ones. Its an antibacterial and I only use it if they look like they need it, otherwise just keeping the water pristine usually works. Its available from age of aquariums online if you can't find it locally.

I found my plecs do like the round logs the best and it is darned hard to get fish out or even fry for that matter. I am trying to wean mine off onto breamlegends slate caves with the safety release lid but guessing the size to have them quite tight is the key.

I have also considered with the round logs, hacksawing the end off and putting just a pvc cap on the end, tight enough to stay on but still removable. It's on my "to-do" list lol.
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Old 02-09-12, 09:03 AM
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oh dear! yes dump the caves! and put some meds in the tank.
hope your luck gets better.
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Old 02-13-12, 03:06 AM
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update

Firstly sorry got bit late to update on the thread.

Thanks Brenda and Irene I really appreciate the advise given.

I haven't put any antibiotics yet but I have added a mixture of aquarium + sea salt and stress coat. Prior to that I did a 50% water change.
I am bit scared to put antibiotics as as I had dramas with the bio filtration before. But no option I will put antibiotics if the fish won't get better.

Carefully monitoring the fish but I really don't know why it is kept doing it.
Yesterday it was looking bit improved but today freshly scrubbed the skin again. I will post a photo (around tomorrow morning).

I removed the automatic feeder prior to this mishap and started feeding twice
a day morning and evening. The auto feeder fed them four times a day small quantities. I have put the auto feeder back again.

Thanks again you guys really made me encouraged.
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Old 02-13-12, 05:45 AM
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well good news to a bad beginning. cheers jk
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