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It got me thinking, what are the typical signs of a sick pleco?. I realized, more so then the synodontis, I think they could get sick un-noticed and die before I could treat them due to their normal behavior of hiding. Someone mentioned they stop hiding as a symptom of illness. If so, that would be a useful clue.
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typical signs are:
- if the pleco doesn´t hide anymore (except species which don´t hide that much in general, like Otocinclus e.g.)
- if it behaves apathetic
- if it breathes faster than usual
- if the belly is sunken in
- if the excrement is white
Those are some of the typical signs, when noticed you should pay more attention.
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Since improper food can also be a cause of intestinal problems, I would also add bloating to the list Acanthicus posted.
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