Originally Posted by Hi Fins
yes I do have live plants five altogether , I have started a post with the freshwater and put some picture with it if want to find me there you can take a look, I have lost two of my fish now and I am now in a panic.!!!
You have some impressive fish. With regards to the clown pleco, they are as you may have noted, shy and largely nocturnal and as a portion of their diet,,Wood is esential for them. Have kept three or four of them over the years and without driftwood or bogwood they suffer. Could this maybe have played a part in it's death?
With the fish you have, I would not expect to find dead fish intact but perhaps their remains. When fish die in the aquarium, it doesn't take long for other fish to begin consuming them, And with the large predator such as Gar,smaller fish may have been wounded and then died from their injuries. Do you think this could of happened?
Another thing to consider is the use of guppies for live food source. If guppies are raised by you ,then perhaps there is little cause for concern .But if guppies are store bought,,then considering the often poor conditions they are kept in, a sick guppie (not uncommon) could infect a whole tank full of guppies ,and likewise your tank when offered as live food for your fish.
I live in the Midwest and we too sometimes are placed under boil orders due to flooding and I try not to perform water changes during these times and it has served me well (or maybe just luck).
If I had more room, I would store water in large tub for water changes but my apartment is small.
I have not cared for parrot fish but have read that as hybrids,,they are suceptible to all manner of development issues and these problems often present themselves as the fish continues to grow.
I personally think they are an abomination but to each their own.
For the fish you have,, i would be hesitant in placing fish in the tank that were not very ,very,quick or,,,very large.