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"I had a darling bristle-nosed pleco that reminded me of a little dragon. I had him for just over a year. I bought him and was maybe 1 1/2 inch to 2 inches. He grew quickly and was currently about 4-5 inches. He had been fine; was quite an easy keeper. I had a fair algae problem and worked on that regularly, but he really helped to keep the tank clean. I also fed him algae wafers and he seemed to thrive and grow. The other fish in the tank were one diamond tetra which I had had for about 3 years and an albino Cory. She grew quickly as well. That's it. A week ago, I came home to find the pleco in grave distress. Almost shivering or panting and fins moving. He got to where he could not hold to the tank side and slide down. I quickly did a 20% water change. The bubbler was working fine; there was what looked to be plenty of circulation in the tank. Every so often he would let out a big bubble. He began to flip around the tank so hard I heard him hit the cover. He expired quickly after that. When I removed him from the tank, I noticed his belly area underneath was somewhat swollen. If you have anything you can share with me or insight on what could have happened, I would appreciate it."
"Elizabeth Hardwick"

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