I have (or had) 2 tiny (slightly more than 1 inch) common plecos in my new tank. They seemed to be doing fine, sucking on the glass during day time and coming out to scavenge the bottom of the tank at night.
very passive, changing location once in a while, but thats pretty much it, I tried giving them zuccini to munch on, but they didn't even look in its direction.
2 days ago I was sitting there watching my fish, and i suddenly noticed that one of my plecos' eyes were bulging out. Both. Weird sight, looked like bubbles that were just about to burst. He was still sitting on the glass, no changes in behavior.
I did some online research and found out that it could be symptoms of bad water quality or a bacterial infection.
See, my tank is new and it is just going through the cycling process, so it might be that some fish find it hard surviving under these conditions :(
I took the pleco out and put him into a little 1 gallon hospital tank.
I went to the fish market that very day to get some fish meds, but I live in China and some of the remedies in the local market don't have "ingredients" written on them, in one of the places they recommended me some "universal" fish remedy - anitbacterial and anti fungal dark blue liquid that colors the water bluish and leaves stains on eveything else.
I also got some Norfloxacine or whatever the spelling (an antibiotic).
after half the day and a night in the tank with the blue solution and a tiny bit of antibiotic (i was so afraid to kill the fish with the meds that i put in very very very little) one of the eyes seemed almost normal.
In the morning I was all happy about it thinking that the fish will live.
But nothing else happened during the day (it was yesterday), the second eye still was like a bubble.
This morning, however it looked like both eyes were going back to normal, and the only thing that stopped me from putting the poor lil fella back to the big tank was not wanting to be rush and trying to make sure that whatever it was wouldn't infect the other fish plus making sure he was fully well before returning to the less sterile big tank.
A couple of hours ago I noticed him floating on his side :'(
But he was alive, trying to regain balance. The reason he was floating like this was his bloated tummy. I have absolutely zero idea what caused it.
He lived for another half an hour, struggling to keep level but unable to keep on the wall because of the tummy sticking out, then died :(
What killed my pleco? :(
3 of my fish died since I got the tank.
:(:(:( is it the cycling that is killing them, or..?