Unfortunately my LMB died yesterday afternoon. I'm trying to figure out if it was his time to go or if it was my fault. I've had him for 1 year and 4 months. I came home and he was lying sideways on the substrate( I thought he was dead, but when I tried to take him out he started to swim. I knew something was wrong because he was not the same fish(was not acting like himself). Then 2 hours later he was dead.) My SG
- 1.025, Am and Trite - 0, PH
- has always been 7.7(never able to get it up to 8.4 from the get go), Trates - 50(usually at 20, but I've been a lil lazy). My questions are:
How long do LMB live?
He was usually one of my fattest fish, but when I took him out of the tank his stomach was very soft almost like it was bloated, could that be a sign the something was wrong?
Could that extra 30ppm of trates kill him?
When I first setup the tank I bought some cheato, and with the cheato I aquired(sp?) (I don't remember their name when I looked it up) these little white worms with a hard shell all over my tank walls. They look like white specks on the glass. they are filter feeders if I remember correctly. Could he have choked on these while he was scraping the wall? (I don't think he would have survived for two hours if he was choking though)
Other than that I saw nothing out of the ordinary about his appearance so I don't think he had ick or anything like that.
I have 5 other fish that have been in the tank for almost the same amount of time(some longer), and they seem to be fine. Nothing out of the ordinary with them either.
Thank you very much for any responses