I did a large water change after he died. Last week I took the water in to the fish store and had it tested. It was good. I bought an adult bristlenose pleco. I do have some algae in my tank. I know the fish store well and they have had him for several months. I put him directly into the tank. He seems fine, I see no signs of disease on him.
This morning when I fed my fish I was watching them. the tail of the botia seems to be turning orangy red. I see no external blood or injury. He is eating well and swimming around the tank but I'm concerned about the change in appearance. Does anyone know what may be causing this?
Thanks for any help you can give me.
As for the possibility of it being damage there are a couple of possibilities, 1. the tinfoil barbs could be nipping at the loach especially considering there were three until recently, its possible the reduction in numbers is leading to a new aggression between the remaining ones. 2. is the bristlenose a male or female? (males have lots of bristles females have less) if its a male its possible he decided that the loaches favorite hiding place is now his and a scuffle ensued. In either case adding a few more caves for the loach would help.
The striped botia, I know it isn't a yoyo has lived with the barbs for a long time. They never bothered it, but I have noticed that they are fighting quite a lot. I didn't know that having the fish die would cause them to get nasty, they are such peaceful fish.
I think the loach died. I'm not sure he can just be hiding. I haven't seen him in a day and usually he is very active. If he is being picked on I can see him hiding to be safe. I'm cleaning the tank tomorrow and will evacuate the hiding places. I know where most of the fish hide now.
I'm pretty sure the pleco is a male he does have a lot of bristles. He was in a tank with fish that looked something like mini angel fish at the fish store. Now I'm worried about my bircher. He doesn't look ill or anything but if the pleco went after him with its fins he would be mince meat.
Thanks for your help. I hope I didn't make a big mistake getting the pleco. He is doing a great job attacking the algae.
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