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julialee
05-02-04, 10:36
I have just turned on my Aquarium light and there to my horror is my prize possession belly up :(
My 24" Plecostomus has died :confused:
Now iv'e got to get him out and bury him :rolleyes:
I have had him over seven years, now i'm gonna have an empty tank to look at all through the day :(
I'm so sad.

Violet Smoke
05-02-04, 10:38
I'm so sorry :(

I am not a very good fish parent, all mine have died as soon as I bring them home :confused:

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JENN
05-02-04, 10:39
Aww i'm sorry to hear that jules. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

julialee
05-02-04, 10:44
Ye well i'm still sitting here dreading fishing him out :rolleyes: :(
I just can't bring myself to get up and do it :(

the croft woman!
05-02-04, 10:50
aww im so sorry Jules http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif Sooner you get him out the better, you wont have to keep seeing his dead body floating there. 7 years! :eek: Im really sorry http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

anna3f
05-02-04, 10:51
jules, Iím so sorry to hear that! :(
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chocco
05-02-04, 10:55
Really sorry to hear that Jules, very sad day.
:(

julialee
05-02-04, 11:01
Thanks everyone http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
Iv'e just dug a big whole for him now to get him out :rolleyes: :(
Iv'e got to change my clothes first, and find a big net. :rolleyes:
It's getting all too mutch see ya all later http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

TopCat.TopBeing
05-02-04, 11:16
7 years? thats prolly a terrible loss for You then :( Hope You'll find a new friend someday http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

[ 05. February 2004, 12:18: Message edited by: TopCat.TopBeing ]

the croft woman!
05-02-04, 11:26
I know how it feels, when my dog was killed it hurt like hell i had her from a toddler, and when my cat dies im gonna be devastated because ive had her from the day i was born :( You'll feel better when he's burried and know he's gone to a better place http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

Miss60
05-02-04, 11:39
That's so sad....I'm really sorry to hear about that Jules :( We're here for you http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

Kurtislover101
05-02-04, 11:41
I'm really sorry jules :(

julialee
05-02-04, 11:45
Oh well the deed is done :rolleyes:
Just got to empty the water now :(
Clean the gravel and the plants ect.....
Thanks everyone il'e be back later maybe http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

NatEcho
05-02-04, 12:17
Oh Jules... :( That's so sad!! :( :(
7 years, wow! My little fishies never lasted more than a few weeks... I feel so sad for you! :(

justin
05-02-04, 15:33
Oh i'm so sorry to that jules :(

julialee
05-02-04, 15:42
Oh well it had to happen someday :rolleyes:
Tank is nearly all cleaned out now!!!
Il'e re fill it tomorrow with the gravel and some fresh water and re-start the filteration system and next month when the good bacteria has formed il'e get myself some new fish ;) (Tiger Oscars)
Can't have my clients sitting looking at an empty fish tank for too long :(

Annacia
05-02-04, 15:43
Awww Jules. try to take heart in knowing that he had a long fish life and was obviously happy in your care. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

julialee
05-02-04, 15:47
Plecostomus can live up to 15yrs if kept well :rolleyes: :(

justin
05-02-04, 16:13
I'm sure you kept him very well jules http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Isabella
05-02-04, 17:16
Sorry for your loss Jules. I am sure you gave him a happy seven years. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

tazmine
05-02-04, 20:44
I'm so sorry, Jules. What did he look like? (I don't know what a plecostomus is.) Was he an only fish? If so, do they not get along with other fish?

julialee
05-02-04, 20:55
http://www.petlibrary.com/graphics/plecostomus1.jpg Name
Plecostomus
Introduction:
This dark, suckermouthed scavenger is a useful additon to almost any aquaria whether it's a cooler tropical tank or a giant cichlid tank. The Pleco's interminable algae grazing is appreciated from an aesthetic standpoint.
Description:
This fish is usually sold as a three inch brown-colored bottom dweller. The fish will grow in large facilities to attain a mature length of fully 24 inches and weigh in at several pounds. The longest Plecostomus I have seen in real life is 21 inches long. Pleco's are usually found in retail tanks attached to the sides of the tank trying to be inconspicuous in bright light. The fish is wide and flat at the anterior [head] end and narrows to a large bifurcated tail. The dorsal fin is very large, almost sail-like. Usually, however; at rest this fin is clamped to the body. The body is protected by heavy, bandlike armour. The downturned mouth is full of tiny rasping teeth. There is a barbel at each corner of the mouth. The eye is adapted to a nocturnal existence. It is a dusk feeder.
http://www.petlibrary.com/graphics/plecostomusmouth.jpg
Tazmine http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
Yes he was my only fish but they do like company.
I used to have giant Ciclids but when I moved house I could only take "Plecky" so I gave my pair of Oscars back to the shop I got them from :(

[ 05. February 2004, 21:59: Message edited by: jules ]

tazmine
05-02-04, 21:10
I've found, through lots of experience in losing pets, that what works best for me is to get another right away. They can in no way replace what you have lost, but they do give you something else to love. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

julialee
05-02-04, 21:15
I can't get any fish right away because I have to start the tank up from scratch again.
I don't know what he died of, so I have to play safe and disinfect the tank. this means that I can not put new fish in the tank for at least 14 to 30 days depending on what bacteria medium I use ;) I would more likely stick to the latter in days to play realy safe :(
But when i do get a new fish it will be a breading pair of Oscars :eek:

gonga
05-02-04, 22:17
Jules...the Oscars will be too cool! I bred Jack Dempseys and it was great. Ciclids are the best, and Oscars are as good as it gets. Best of luck.

the croft woman!
05-02-04, 22:20
Im useless with fish, what does an oscar look like?

NatEcho
05-02-04, 22:23
It differs, this one's cute! Walnut.

http://www.gkpet.com/walnutoscar.JPG

the croft woman!
05-02-04, 22:40
aaww http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/cutie.gif

julialee
06-02-04, 10:39
Gonga http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
I had a breading pair just like the pic Nat posted http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif
I had to give them back to the shop when I moved as I could not take my Very large tank with me. I had them from babies and they bred just once :D
Very hard to bread Oscars, very tempramental http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

andromeda_eats
06-02-04, 10:44
Aww bad luck Jules! Hope you feel better.

24"??? That is one huge fish.

julialee
06-02-04, 10:48
One thing I do know a lot about is keeping figh ;) :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif :D

gonga
06-02-04, 10:56
Anyone who breeds cichlids knows a thing or two about fish. I only bred my Dempseys once also. They had about 50 babies. I'll never forget the babies following the parents around the tank lika a "cloud" http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

shandroid
06-02-04, 14:37
That's too bad, Jules. I have heard that Plecs grow in direct relation to the size of the tank they live in, so your tank must be huge! I loved our plecs they kept the tank so clean! But they and the other fish died all with 2 months! :( Now all we have in our tank are snails and little frogs. Not to pretty anymore.

julialee
06-02-04, 18:22
Yes my tank is big :eek: 6'x2.5'x2' my tank before that was even bigger http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif
There a re a few fundimental factors to adhere to when keeping fish, if you do the simple things from the start you have a better chance of keeping them alive ;)

julialee
08-02-04, 17:29
I thought I would just post a happy ending to this sad thread :(
I went into my local aquarium shop yesterday and I saw a breading pair of Oscars. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif
Beautifull they were :D
Well I could not resist and now I am the proud owner of them.
The shop has agreed to keep them for me untill my tank is up and runnung again. I know the staff quite well ;)
I will have to get a bigger tank soon but for now I am a happy me :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif :D
By the way these fish are exspensive £65.00 for the pair http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif

[ 08. February 2004, 18:31: Message edited by: jules ]

Isabella
08-02-04, 17:38
That's great Jules. They may be expensive, but I'm sure that in the long run filling that empty tank up with some life again will be priceless.

NatEcho
08-02-04, 17:41
That's great, Jules! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif
I absolutlely love Neon Tetra's and I'd love to have a whole stim of them, but I don't know anything about keeping fish alive and happy... :(

chocco
08-02-04, 17:47
That's good news Jules. I'm happy for you! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

-DEBUG
08-02-04, 18:13
Awww. that's great to here my nephew is called Oscar http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

julialee
08-02-04, 18:43
Nat http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
It's dead easy but you must follow some basic rules ;)
Neons are great little fish and you can have quite a few of them in a medium size tank :D

TheEveningStar
08-02-04, 18:54
I'm so sorry for your fish, and also because i came too late. Sorry. I hope you can find a new one that you'll like more! Peace. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

NatEcho
08-02-04, 18:58
Originally posted by jules:
Nat http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
It's dead easy but you must follow some basic rules ;)
Neons are great little fish and you can have quite a few of them in a medium size tank :D I'll bet ya me head tha I don no 'em! ;)

Celli
08-02-04, 19:11
Originally posted by NatEcho:
That's great, Jules! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif
I absolutlely love Neon Tetra's and I'd love to have a whole stim of them, but I don't know anything about keeping fish alive and happy... :( My cousin used to have Tetras. One got a disease and after that it could only swim vertically. It was sad to see. :( And then she had a goldfish that got a tumor....she didn't have such good luck with fish.

julialee
08-02-04, 19:22
Ok Nat ;)
One rule for ya,
You must have your thank set up and running for at least one month before you put any fish in it http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif
That is why most peoples fish die within a week of getting them :(

NatEcho
08-02-04, 22:13
Ah, that could be an explaination... :rolleyes:
But what about the water you have to add? Since it evaporates, I mean...

Dark Lara
08-02-04, 22:46
Just get a new one, no offense http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/silent.gif . I'm a fish person myself. I had 2 goldfish, a white fantail with a red spot on it's for-head, & a blue one with the double fin(what ever you call those type of fish :confused: ). Just about three weeks ago, I found the blue one dead :( . I had both fish for more than a year. Now all I have left are the white fantail & three feeders. I'm thinking of getting one of those black goldfish that almost looks like a hammer-head :cool: (what ever you call them :confused: )

NatEcho
09-02-04, 00:51
OMG!! Look at how cool this thing is!!!
If only I had the money I'd run to the pet store tomorrow and get that tank!! I want one of these!! Don't seem to do well with tetras tho... :( Heck! I can get two tanks!!! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

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If I had the money, that is... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif

NatEcho
09-02-04, 10:02
Did some reading about this fellow, and appearantly they get to about 14" and needs a tank at least 3 square foot!!! :eek: My lord, that'll take up all my floor-space... :(

julialee
09-02-04, 16:08
Nat http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
Thoes fish need specilist attention :eek:
For your water problem, you have to add a chlorine and heavy metal removing agent to the water before you put it in your tank and every time you add the water you have to add the agent ;)
Your filter is your main priority EVERY tank needs one :D
Even for Goldfish http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif