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post #1 of 2 Old 03-19-2012, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Very sick Plecostomus - Please help!

I have a common Pleco who is in very poor condition. I keep a very close eye on my aquariums and this has seemingly happened almost overnight. His tail and fins are extremely deteriorated, he has red/blood spots on both his fins and body, and he is very sluggish; almost lifeless.

I moved him into a hospital tank with clean water and an air stone. I own Melafix, but have heard bad things about using it with Plecos. Can anybody tell me if I should treat him with Melafix or avoid it? What else can/should I do to help him get well? This guy means a lot to me and I want nothing more than for him to recover. I don't have any pictures at the moment but if you would like to see him, I can try to take some.

If anyone could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 2 Old 03-20-2012, 10:45 AM
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First off, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

I moved your post into the Tropical Fish Disease section which is more appropriate and where more members may be able to offer suggestions.

A photo would help. Some of our members have considerable experience with fish ailments, more than I have. While treating the pleco, you should also be exploring the cause. Posting the tank info (fish, plants if any, temperature, hardness and pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, water change schedule) will help sort this out.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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