Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Sad News and a Word of Warning
Hi folks. I'm a long time member that reads the forums from time to time but rarely posts. I'm posting today to report some sad news and a word of warning.
I had a breeding colony of calico bristlenose plecos for 11 years. The lived in a heavily planted tank with some caves and rock structures. It started with 6 fish and at one point grew to an estimated 35-40 fish. Over the years I've lost a fish here and there, and I've given many fish away to friends. Every so often I would look in the tank and there would be a new batch of babies.
About a week ago a friend gave us some zucchini from their garden. My wife sat it on the counter where we often set fruits and vegetables. A couple days later I grabbed one of the zucchini. I broke it in half and tossed it in the tank. I've done this often over the years. The fish primarily have lived on zucchini, yellow squash, and cucumbers.
The next day my heart sank as I saw piles of snails and shrimp feasting on the bodies of my plecos. There were dead fish all over the place. There were a few khuli loaches and otos in there as well. I haven't seen any of them since. Once the shock wore off I asked my wife if she rinsed off the zucchini that was on the counter. She said no. I didn't either. I always rinse any food I'm about to put in the tank off thoroughly, except this time.
I called my friend and got the confirmation - he has been using a pesticide on his garden. I think I poisoned my fish. Interestingly, the shrimp and snails are fine.
But at my LFS they said...