Hey guys, so, I've had my my male black and red swordtail, named "Lambo", for about a month or so, In a peaceful community tank, along with 2 Dalmation Mollies. Male and Female. 2 Yellow Platies, another Swordtail, and 3 Black Phantom Tetras. My swordtai was doing so well the night before.
This morning when I woke up, getting ready to feed the rest of the fish, I noticed him not moving in one of his usual hiding spots. I tapped the tank with my finger in that corner. Nothing. Then i took the net and swished it in the area, hoping to scare him a bit so he would move. Nothing. At that point i knew something was wrong.
I washed my arm thouroughly, and ended up having to move a rock in that area to dislodge him. When he floated to the top, i noticed white stuff that was pretty translucent around his belly. His belly had holes in it, and damage around his anus area.
My guesses are, He got stuck there last night, and was thrashing around in an attempt to get loose, and maybe couldnt breathe, or damaged himself from the gravel underneath to the point where he died from his injuries.
My other guess is he had parasites maybe. The parasites maybe ate him from the inside out. I have no idea. Or possibly the other fish nibbled at him for a while, while he was decaying. I hope he didn't have Ich because last time I checked thats contagious.
But, that's my story, if any of you have any insight as to what happened to Lambo, or what may be going on, that would be greatly appreciated.
I'm pleased to be a part of this community.