I usually siphon the gravel pretty well. I actually had to siphon it earlier than normal this week due to Flair and the algae wafer. So I usually do get it pretty mixed up. I'm wondering if it was an older oto? If it showed no signs of infection or problems. It had full color, acted completely normal until that point, and just had a swollen belly. I was thinking it would have showed signs if bacterial wouldn't it? Does Marycyn help them? I have been using that too in the past 2 weeks at one point...so if it helps them that would help any infection right? It was the largest of my two otos...
I am really hoping it was just old age. I'd hate to think it had an infection and I never knew because it showed no signs.
I had an oto die today - it was acting completely normal when I went to bed at 1 AM last night. When I got home at 2 PM today it was lying on it's side and had a swollen belly. I got it out and put it in a separate container and within 30 minutes it died. Do you have any idea what could have happened? I can find nothing on diseases of otos on the internet.
That they are! :) Thanks a lot - I'd be lost if I didn't have your help on stuff like this. You said earlier you mini cycle every time you have a hurricane - when you guys get hit hard down there - do you have to put your fish in a special place or are they usually okay in their normal tanks?
no, that stuff is a waste of money. and bottled bacteria is except bio spira that comes in a sealed pouch and is kept refrigerated. water changes are your best choice. many and small, I get mini cycles every time we have a hurricane here. 10% daily changes is the best solution I have found short of spending $20 a pouch on refrigerated bio spira.