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  1. Default 13 ish year old bucktooth tetra just about had it.


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    Started at 12 of them and at about 11 years old they slowly started dieing off one by one. This little guy is the last one and recently he got a bump on his side which has now exploded and now he has a gaping hole on his side. He is still eating and is still active. Tuff little buggers these guys are. I would highly recommend bucktooths they are a beautiful and exciting fish. I am wondering if I should let nature take its course with him or if I should do something about it? Thoughts? Also not sure if I might take a break from fish keeping for a while or if not anyone have any suggestions of a new set up? I guess I should get all new equipment and gravel as it is all pretty much the same stuff from day one. Thanks all.

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    what are your reading? maybe they are dying because of some thing in your water. especially if they are dying at the same time. check your readings. if there is nothing in your water, you can't stop old age

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    I really think it is just old age. From what I understand 10 to 11 years is about the life span of these guys. I am pretty sure if I pulled out the test kits I wouldn't find anything. Truthfully he looks like he has cataracts, the old man lol.

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    it won't hurt to check but i am pretty confident that it's old age. i would still check though

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    13 years is a very respectable age for a fish like that. This is Exodon paradoxus?

    This is not a community fish, and is best kept in a species setup. It will relentlessly attack any silver-coloured or shiny tankmates, stripping them of scales and fins very quickly. Even larger, predatory species are not safe. Scaleless and non-reflective fish are generally left alone. Success has been had keeping Exodon alongside various loaches, Loricariids and some larger characins such as Anostomus. The situation will always be somewhat unpredictable though. It’s best to add the Exodon last as they may see any new additions as food, and as with most predatory species they tend to bite first and ask questions later.
    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/exodon-paradoxus/

    I think I'll pass on them, thank you!

    I don't see why you should get all new equipment if you want to continue in the hobby. I can do you a ton of suggestions but without knowing a bit about the tank and your water it's going be rather pointless.If the tank is empty and you're making up your mind just put in a shrimp or two in a net to keep the filter ticking over.

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    Sounds like your fish has lived a full life, thirteen years wow!!
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    I would certainly venture to say that you have done the right thing by that critter, 13 years would be an incredible fluke in a nasty tank. Good on you!
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    Yes it is Exodon Paradoxus. I did successfully keep a red tailed shark with him for quite a few years. They are also good with Pictus cats. They are not a community fish however. They are beautiful and highly active, cool to watch and feeding time I liken them to a pack of wolves feeding frenzy. I actually stared with a pack of 13 and lost one within the first 6 months. I have had the other twelve in a 54 gallon deep tank for a long time without loosing a single one. Once they hit about 11 years old I started loosing them one by one, every couple of months give or take and this one is the last one. Over the years there has definatly been a couple times where a water change was over due but definatly not super dirty. Water is about a PH of 7.5 and hardness is around 80 mg/l. I had thought of a nice African Chiclid tank over the years. Water is slightly soft for that I believe though but a proper substrate could help that I guess.
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    Wow. 13 years is serious dedication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mdsjohna View Post
    Over the years there has definatly been a couple times where a water change was over due but definatly not super dirty. Water is about a PH of 7.5 and hardness is around 80 mg/l.
    Well, since that's pretty much spot on for these... All I can say is well done!

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