Unfortunately, like other living creatures, fish can die ahead of time. Why it happens? The answer to this question is often sought by novice aquarists. It is much more effective to prevent the appearance of such a problem than to look for the causes of a pet’s death.
Ideal if you asked this question before the moment the tragedy occurred. Warned, so ready to control all the nuances of the aquarium and try to avoid the early death of aquarium inhabitants. Consider the most common reasons.
Nitrogen poisoning is the most common problem. It often concerns beginners who have no experience in dealing with aquarium animals. The fact is that they are trying to feed their pets to the dump, forgetting that with this increases the amount of waste. By the simplest calculations, each fish per day leaves feces equal to 1/3 of its weight. However, not everyone knows that in the process of oxidation and decomposition nitrogen compounds appear, consisting of:
All these substances are united by their toxicity. The most dangerous of them is ammonium, the excess of which will be the main cause of death for all inhabitants of the reservoir. This happens most often in newly launched aquariums. The first week after the start becomes critical. There are two options for increasing the amount of these substances in aqua:
- Increase in the number of inhabitants;
- Breakage of the filter;
- Excessive feed.
How to lower the level of ammonia:
- Daily water change ¼
- Water should stand at least a day;
- Check the filter and filter element for serviceability.
Wrong launch of fish
Proper adaptation of the fish to the new environment:
- Pour the water with the fish in a large vessel;
- Top up some water from the common aquarium;
- After 10-15 minutes, repeat the procedure;
- Dilute with water to at least 70% solution.
Even if several new fish managed to survive after a crushing change of water parameters, then they will surely die in the first illness. Immunity is significantly undermined, which means that bacteria attack them first. Carefully follow the aeration, cleanliness and new inhabitants. At best, the health of the fish is normalized.
No one wants to blame himself, so beginner breeders blame the disease. Unscrupulous sellers only reinforce their doubts, because they have a goal to sell expensive medicine and cash in on. However, do not rush for a panacea, carefully examine all possible causes of death.
Blame the disease is possible only if the symptoms have been noted for a long time. The fish died away gradually, and not just died in an instant, for no apparent reason. Most often, the disease is brought to the aquarium with new residents or plants. Death may occur due to malfunction of the heating element in cold weather.
Of course, the disease can not kill a healthy fish. Why do fish die in an aquarium? If the death occurred, then the immunity has already been undermined. Most likely, the first two errors occurred. Do not rush to launch new residents, no matter how beautiful they are.
What to do to protect the aquarium:
- Organize quarantine for new inhabitants;
- Sanitize fish or plants.
What to do if the disease started up in the aquarium:
- Change one tenth of the water daily;
- Increase the temperature;
- Strengthen aeration;
- Remove the carriers of the disease and those who are clearly infected.
Remember which fish you ran at home last. Individuals brought from other countries can be carriers of rare diseases, and it is sometimes impossible to detect and classify on their own.
Utilities do not set themselves the task of purifying water to such an extent that aquarium residents feel comfortable. Their goal is to make it safe for the person and his home. Hence the popularity of bottled water. Tap water contains the maximum chlorine level. In large cities, there may be a probability of changing water from artesian to desalinated. As a result, water hardness will increase, leading to mass death. You can notice this by the modified behavior of the fish. they begin to rush around the aquarium in a state of horror.
You can avoid this situation. For this:
- It is not recommended to change at a time more than 1/3 of water
- Settle the water in an open vessel for at least a day;
- If possible, purchase a water filter with three secretions;
- Use chemicals.
Please note that deaths are those fish that were already in a state of stress.
This option is the rarest of all. Oxygenation of a fish house is always adequately assessed even by beginners. The first thing they do is buy a compressor. With him, not terrible choking fish.
The only possible option is to increase the temperature and, as a result, lower oxygen in the water. This can happen at night, when the plants are rearranged from the production of oxygen, to its absorption. To avoid this, do not turn off the compressor at night.
A few fundamental rules:
- Big fish always tend to eat small ones (even in the case of herbivorous species);
- Many succumb to intraspecific aggression;
- Some are able to stick to small neighbors, which ultimately leads to death;
- The strong always eat the weak;
- Buy only those fish whose peace-loving nature you are sure of.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to establish why fish die. The death of a pet can happen even to experienced breeders. Be attentive to the fish, and you will definitely notice a change in behavior and in time eliminate the cause of anxiety. More often, fish die in an aquarium because of an oversight, and not according to other criteria.