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i need some advice please. when ever i buy plecos they seem to die in around 7-15 days
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What are your tank perameters (temp, ph, nitrate, nitrite, amonia). How long has your tank been set up? Are you feeding the right food?

Any of these issues could cause an untimely death in a tropical fish. I buy algae wafers made for plecos to feed shrimp and other bottom feeders.

Hope this helps,
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How sad

I'd check the parameters and let us know what they are... also be sure to feed the plecos enough and be sure to use water conditioner when you change your tank water...
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I was hoping that Sharon would pick up on this thread as she has had some pleco losses. I have read and heard of plecos dieing from the lack of a certain type of bacteria that grows in their gut that aids in digestion. They weaken and literally starve to death. The symptoms are a hollow or sunken belly. The bacteria apparently are killed off during the process of storage and shipping. Perhaps the meds the shippers and store owners put in their water to kill off possible contagious organisms from being shipped along with the fish. The whole capture and shipping ordeal is extremely stressing on fish so they are usually not in the best of health when you buy them. If the new stressed fish go into water that isn't in good condition it is highly likely that there is going to be deaths. Also many people buy plecos with out knowing anything about their care and they die off sometimes very cruelly.
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Sorry...I missed this. I really don't have a lot of experience with Plecos, other than the Gold Nugget, which has a reputation for dying. I have lost two, within a few months of adding them to my tank. I have assumed from my experience that the gut bacteria died during transit. After doing research I could find no other explanation, in my case...Hope this helps.

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