I recently bought a Rubberlip pleco at Petsmart. About 6 days ago.
It was about 2.5 inches. It took ages for the lady to finally catch one; they were all too fast or would cling too hard on the glass to be pulled off.
I think that stressed a lot of them out.
I put him in my tank (properly acclimated), and he slowly sunk to the bottom. He scoped things out a bit, getting a feel for things, then he went under my driftwood. He hid there for days.
I tried coaxing him out with algae tablets, and shrimp pellets, over the course of about 3 days. He didn't move really at all, not even after lights out.
On day 4 about, I came home to see him on the front lower corner of my tank. I was very happy to see that. I put an algae tab in to try and get some food in him, he didn't eat any. Nothing noticeable at least.
Finally, today I was looking around for him, only to see him in the same old hiding spot. Though pale, and not breathing. I scooped him out. He was dead.
He seemed like he was breathing pretty frenetically, kind of fast.
I should add this tank has been set up for about a month now.Not fully cycled, Nitrites were usually sort of high; bad I know. But it was ironic, just today, My nitrites are finally at 0 (Do i need to do any additionaly pwc
now?). pH is ~7.4.
So I was just wondering if anyone knows the possible cause of this. No physical harm on him.
A few possible reasons;
1) Stress from removal and transport to my tank?
3) Nitrites too high/Uncycled?
4) pH too high?
Any help at all is appreciated.