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Old 05-27-2013, 12:44 PM   #11
 
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I want to thank all of you who gave excellent answers. I was really really sad when all my fish died, I love watching them for hours, and now I will start all over again. Ive noticed that a water tester is a must. With an undergravel filter all the dirt stays under, so if I change the water the dirt wont be coming out. Is that okay? And the way to go about treating my pleco is just clean water, am I right? He's the strong one thats why he is surviving still. But I feel so sorry for him because he was such an active fish, always ready to eat. Now he's in a tub while my tank gets settled.
Sakura8 covered things, but I will repeat in response to your direct questions and mention a bit more on cycling.

On the water changes, do them weekly, I would say 1/3 of the tank volume. Vacuum the substrate (gravel). And as you have an undergravel filter, it is a good idea periodically to put the siphon hose down each filter stem to draw some of the water from under the plate; this will bring up a lot of crud. Maybe once a month do this during the water change, in stead of vacuuming the substrate.

Don't ever take the tank completely down to "clean" it, this is not necessary provided you do weekly partial water changes as described. Sakura explained what happened by doing this. I would put the pleco back in the tank, he will be less stressed there, after you have done a water change of 1/3 to 1/2. Clean water and a clean substrate will be the best medicine. Use your AquaSafe conditioner with all new water.

What fish are now left in this tank, besides the pleco?

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:29 PM   #12
 
Undergravel filters are very beneficial when properly maintained. Yes, they tend to clog but if/when they do, it is usually because the substrate is not thick enough. One way to prevent this is to add a layer of filter floss between the plates and the substrates.

As to water change, I am not certain 10%/ week will have any effect. It depends on your nitrate levels. And still, in a freshwater tank, you can easily lessen the impact of WC by planting your aquarium. And if you add denitrifying bacteria to the mix, you should be fine by changing water once a month.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:50 AM   #13
 
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@Byron, I have emptied the whole tank and cleaned it thoroughly. Just filled it up last night and am waiting for a while now before putting the pleco back in. No other fish survived, it is just the pleco. The fish that I had was two cichlid-type fishes, 6 goldfish and the rest were mixed tetra types. He's not eating to, and looks miserable. Ive taken note of your valuable advices and will stick to it. Thank you very much.

@LittleBigBlue, and you'r right, the substrate/gravel was a thin layer, I need to add more, and what you'v said about adding a layer of floss at the bottom of the filter sounds like a great idea, and it makes sense. I dont have plants as the fish continuously rip them apart and eat them. But I will take this opportunity to plant the tank while it is empty now. Thanks alot for the ideas and tips.
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Thanks alot for the ideas and tips.
You're welcome Junglebee. Good luck!
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:05 AM   #15
 
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@Byron, I have emptied the whole tank and cleaned it thoroughly. Just filled it up last night and am waiting for a while now before putting the pleco back in. No other fish survived, it is just the pleco. The fish that I had was two cichlid-type fishes, 6 goldfish and the rest were mixed tetra types. He's not eating to, and looks miserable. Ive taken note of your valuable advices and will stick to it. Thank you very much.

@LittleBigBlue, and you'r right, the substrate/gravel was a thin layer, I need to add more, and what you'v said about adding a layer of floss at the bottom of the filter sounds like a great idea, and it makes sense. I dont have plants as the fish continuously rip them apart and eat them. But I will take this opportunity to plant the tank while it is empty now. Thanks alot for the ideas and tips.
Just leave the pleco alone, don't try to get it to eat. Rest and calm surroundings are the best for it now. Let's hope it recovers. Make sure it has a hiding spot, in a wood crevice or under a chunk of wood; this will settle it.

Before getting any new fish, research suitable species so this doesn't occur again.

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Old 05-29-2013, 10:14 AM   #16
 
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Obviously I will have to wait for the water in the tank before its ready, and then I will have to transfer the pleco in there as he's in a tub of water now where he is very unhappy. Hopefully its the last time I will have to disturb it. Thank you Byron.
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Obviously I will have to wait for the water in the tank before its ready, and then I will have to transfer the pleco in there as he's in a tub of water now where he is very unhappy. Hopefully its the last time I will have to disturb it. Thank you Byron.
If the water in the tank is conditioned (= water conditioner was used) and provided the parameters are not too different from the water the pleco is now in, and the temp in the tank is equal or a bit warmer than the tub water (not colder, this is the main thing), I would acclimate it fairly soon. You do this by adding some of the new tank water to the tub, slowly, then wait 15-20 minutes. This can be repeated if the difference between the waters is significant, but once is probably sufficient. Then net the fish out into the tank. You can then top up the tank for the water taken out.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:17 PM   #18
 
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Well Byron, I do not know how to thank you for all your time and patience in explaining to me how to go about it. Id also like to thank the others who have shared their valuable knowledge.
Thank you everyone!
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:16 PM   #19
 
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Junglebee, Im orry to had read about your disaster with losing your fish. Rest assured alot of us go thru similar things, most of the time there totally unexpected and swift!

Id dare say that the majority of members in this forum will always help out, we all have the same interest and goals so sharing is a must!

Personally iv kept freshwater tropicals for roughly 20 years, and i couldnt believe how much i really didnt know! Then i came accross this site and have learned so much and also caught MTS ( Multiple Tank Syndrome)

THIS IS INEVITABLE!!!!

If one member doesnt know something or only part of a topic then others jump in and help, this is what the community is for, just a shame it cant be like here out in the big wide world, would be a much happier place!

Good luck with your Pleco and any future residents to your aquarium! Its a long and windy road with many hills and holes along the way. Thankfully the forums here to fill all those pesky holes in!
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:31 PM   #20
 
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if you could somehow maneuver the pleco into a plastic container to move him, would be optimal: they sometimes get stuck in nets.
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