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Old 09-16-2011, 08:31 AM
 
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so i have a 75 gallon freshwater tank that houses 2 large fish. 1 oscar that is around 8 years old and gigantic. 1 algae eater (pleco?) that is equally as old and huge. i have had these fish for their entire lives and all of a sudden this past week the tank had developed a serious funk to it. to the point that it was making most of the house smell too. i though it may just be time to clean the water. so as i am cleaning the tank i go to move some plants that my pleco was hiding behind (while up against the glass). i go to move the plants and the pleco just falls over.....he was dead for a good week! i had no idea because the plant had kept him propped up on the glass. when i removed him the stench was so powerful i nearly puked. no real moral to the story. but anyway, RIP J.D. McNugent II. you were a cool fish. sorry i let your corpse stay for so long.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:28 PM
 
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aww, I am sorry.

I know the smell quite well.

The bayous here are filled with 2 ft long plecos that get beached everytime the bayou overflows. They get trapped in puddles and smell hella bad when they die
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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i could imagine the smell, along with the humidity in the bayou. now i have an old as hell oscar that is all alone in his tank. he lived his whole life with other fish. i may get him a tank mate but im afraid he'll just eat it.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:25 PM
 
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i could imagine the smell, along with the humidity in the bayou. now i have an old as hell oscar that is all alone in his tank. he lived his whole life with other fish. i may get him a tank mate but im afraid he'll just eat it.
lol. If he is that old I think you may just wanna wait him out.

Unless you have a really big tank with lots of distractions, and hide-y places
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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unless your willing to buy a fish as large as he is i wouldnt bother.
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:13 PM
 
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yea i will probably let him just live out his life alone. maybe a few feeder fish here and there. i had wanted to turn this big tank into a lizard tank for a while now.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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We have had in our past, 150 gallon tank with every fish you could think of in it. I remember that smell only too well, and we had a very elite cleaning system. However as you stated, we had a lot of plants and castles and hills for the fish to hide under. Yep once ok more then a while, you miss a fish that dies, you just don't see it. We had a beautiful see thru fish tank thru 2 rooms, alothoug i miss some of the fish who started out as so little, grow so big. The smell of rotting fish, is something i will never miss.

We too had a huge huge algae eater, he got so big, he was scary looking, he got that big, he got bigger then any fish we had. I could not believe just how big this algae eater had gotten.
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