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sailor
03-17-2008, 07:04 PM
I found 1 of my female kitumba frontosa's dead in the tank.
I just checked all my water perameters and they are fine. I don't know what happened. There is no marks or swelling on the body. No more than the usuall chasing going on. This really sucks. I am doing a water change anyway, but other than that I am at a loss what to do. I will just have to keep an eye on the tank I guess.

Algenco
03-17-2008, 07:09 PM
bummer! Expensive fish to lose, was it wild caught?

sailor
03-17-2008, 07:30 PM
Not wild but F1 she was about 4.5 inches, I have had them since they were about 2 months old. This is the first death in the colony.

Drumachine09
03-17-2008, 07:31 PM
Ahh, that sucks. Frontosas are such pretty fish.

Tooch
03-17-2008, 07:37 PM
Ah man, sorry to hear that! I know how much they mean to you...

Algenco
03-17-2008, 07:50 PM
lets hope it was just stress

Drumachine09
03-17-2008, 07:51 PM
How much do frontosas cost?

sailor
03-17-2008, 07:54 PM
Wild caught depending on variety and size can cost as much as $250 plus.
I pd $40 for each of these when they were under an inch. The rest of the colony seems to be fine, I sure hope this was an isolated death.

Algenco
03-17-2008, 07:57 PM
a large wild caught colony is on my wish list, right after the Zebra pleco breeding colony:hmm3grin2orange:

Drumachine09
03-17-2008, 07:57 PM
Wild caught depending on variety and size can cost as much as $250 plus.
I pd $40 for each of these when they were under an inch. The rest of the colony seems to be fine, I sure hope this was an isolated death.



Ouch, thats a punch in the wallet.

Are you hoping to breed them?

sailor
03-17-2008, 08:01 PM
Yes I am. Only another 1.5 - 2 yrs until they are of breeding age. The females are usually ready at about 2 yrs old and the males closer to 3. I have put a lot of time and effort into these fish they are my absolute favorite.

Algenco
03-17-2008, 08:08 PM
kits are beautiful

kitten3326
03-18-2008, 12:26 AM
I am very sorry to hear about your loss, they are a beautiful fish and expensive fish, sorry again:(

Lady Hobbs
03-18-2008, 12:31 AM
Darn it sailor. If it was a $2.49 fish it would live for years! Sorry.

sailor
03-18-2008, 12:58 AM
Thanks for the kind replies. It's not the worth of the fish that gets me it's the fact that 1 died and I have no idea why. I feel bad if any of my fish die but usually you have a diagnosis. She was my best looking fish in the tank too, that really gets my goat. All seems to be fine in the tank, water temp is normal, perameters are all bang on. The aggression level had actually gone down since they got moved into the longer tank last month. I just have to hope that everyone else is ok.

Lady Hobbs
03-18-2008, 01:02 AM
Poor thing. The not knowing the cause sure is a reason for concern and you'll be worried to death about the others now too. Sometimes fish just have something wrong with them and die for no reason.

jbeining75
03-18-2008, 01:44 AM
Sorry about the loss R.... That sucks!!!

millas
03-18-2008, 07:55 AM
thats so sad, im sorry for your loss and i hope the rest of your coloney are ok. i know how i would feel if i lost 1 of my fronts .it makes you feel like its your fault and you want to know why as they are our responsablity and if were doing wrong how to fix it :o( our thoughts are with you

millas
03-18-2008, 07:56 AM
thats so sad, im sorry for your loss and i hope the rest of your coloney are ok. i know how i would feel if i lost 1 of my fronts .it makes you feel like its your fault and you want to know why as they are our responsablity and if were doing wrong how to fix it :o( our thoughts are with you

Billythefish
03-18-2008, 08:27 AM
Sorry sailor man that sucks

RainMan
03-20-2008, 07:58 PM
I missed this post Sailor... sorry to hear that. I know they are one of your favs. I can totally imagine your frustration. I've had the mystery death happen to me as well. Keeps me up at night sometimes wondering what I did.... maybe it was that.. or maybe this... don't beat yourself up to much. Sometimes they are like plants... you move them and they just don't accept it. I've moved rocks around in my tank before and this has happened. Maybe there is more science to it... but, fish are fickle. It's a tough hobby some days.

Sorry again!

Dixie
03-31-2008, 04:44 PM
I agree with RainMan. Sorry about your loss, Sailor and I hope you don't lose any more.

sailor
03-31-2008, 04:46 PM
Fortunately there were no other losses, I never did figure out what happened to her or why she died.

sanddigger
04-21-2008, 03:19 AM
Oh My, Sailor, I'm soo, so sorry.

toddnbecka
04-21-2008, 03:36 AM
The only folks who never lost a fish are the ones who never kept any. It's worse when the one to go is your favorite. Possibly just natural selection at work, there may have been something unseen wrong with the fish. In the wild an entire brood of any fish never lives to maturity, so it shouldn't be too surprising that some don't make it in aquariums even with the best of care. We do what we can to keep them healthy, but some things are simply beyond our reach.

Demjor19
04-24-2008, 08:36 PM
I found 1 of my female kitumba frontosa's dead in the tank.
I just checked all my water perameters and they are fine. I don't know what happened. There is no marks or swelling on the body. No more than the usuall chasing going on. This really sucks. I am doing a water change anyway, but other than that I am at a loss what to do. I will just have to keep an eye on the tank I guess.

sorry to hear your loss! i would be very upset if i lost mine. i guess this is just part of the hobby...