View Full Version : R.i.p. Goliath the RTC (necropsy pics)

01-13-2013, 01:43 PM
well my smaller rtc died , he stopped feeding for a while , i tired multiple treatments (antibiotics , anti parasitic, appetite inducers , anti bacterials &anti fungals ....lots of prayer ) and just when he started back feeding he regurgitated his last meal and i lost him he was 18months old and 30" long i hope he found peace

i tried doing a necropsy here are the pics


i discovered some intestinal lesions

also discoloration and evidence of trauma to liver , not sure if attributed to post mortem changes , cause of death or his treatments

all in all i sum up his cause of death to the atrophy of his digestive system due to trauma inflicted by his tankmate (a bigger Rtc)

01-13-2013, 01:45 PM
Sorry about your fish. He was a beautiful specimen when I saw him in person.

01-13-2013, 02:40 PM
Sorry to hear that. Have you got any pics of him before :ssmile:

Goes to 11!
01-13-2013, 07:01 PM
Man, It always sucks to loose a big long term buddy like that...

01-13-2013, 08:21 PM
yup it sucks he was a better friend than most u can see him and his killer here feeding


01-13-2013, 08:30 PM
Aw man :scry: he was looking really healthy there. How long did you own him for? and what size was he when you got him?

01-13-2013, 09:08 PM
he and the other one was 1.5 inches i got them bout 18months ago , his buddy is 36 inches

01-13-2013, 09:21 PM
That is some serious growth rate!

01-13-2013, 10:19 PM
yup fresh shrimp and fish 2 feedings every 12-24hrs with a 48hr fasting period every week

01-13-2013, 10:49 PM
What size of pond did you have him in?

01-14-2013, 02:58 AM
4-5000 gal (bout 12ft by 12ft by 4ft deep) , water quality , space and diet was not an issue for sure , i'm certain his death was attributed to a beating he got from his tankmate , after that i moved him and he stopped eating and became lethargic for almost 2 months although i tried all sorts of treatment until he died a few days ago

01-14-2013, 03:33 AM
OMG what an awesome pond, what else do you have in that tank?

01-14-2013, 12:18 PM
there are a few pacus , tilapia and the other big rtc