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post #1 of 3 Old 10-05-2013, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
Love my plecosomus.

I have one tropical fish, a pleco named Jethro. Jethro is around 11 years old and a little over 14" long. I also have a 900+ gallon pond in our back yard with 32 goldfish. Jethro summers in the pond and spends almost 9 months in a heated 50 gallon tank in the house. I miss my babies in the winter, they get covered and a heater is used to keep a hole open in the ice. This year after being in the tank less then 2 days Jethro jumped out. We don't know exactly how long he was out of the tank but it was a minimum 9 hours. When he was found, surprisingly alive, he was put back in the tank dusty and dirty. Four days later he looks like his fins are shredded, his skin is sloughing off and he has raw areas on his stomach area. HELP . I don't know what to do for him. Is he dying or will all that grow back.

Thanks for any ideas.
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-05-2013, 11:34 AM
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This seems to be going around: My out of water pleco

Maybe you two should talk.

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-05-2013, 11:42 AM
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hello and welcome.
what an awful situation.
keep the lights turned off,the water as clean as possible.
i'm sorry i am unable to suggest anything else.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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