i have a large 4 inch female albino bn pleco who is usually not attached to anything, always found hiding in many places throughout the tank and sometimes found hiding under things, but never attached to them with it's mouth, very strange behavior and i checked for diseases but no apparent diseases, and no fin rot. i also don't think it is eating or i don't see it eating. it also has long striny white poop, i treated it for internal and external parasites and bacterical infections for a week already before introduction to male.
i introduced her into the tank two weeks ago trying to spawn her with my 3 inch male, but so far no luck it has already been 2 weeks. Is there such thing as a female albino bn pleco that is too old to breed?
is the "not attaching to things" a sign of a health issue?
can female plecos be eggbound if so how can you tells if she is eggbound?
Tank size and setup:35gal
filtration (Internal, external, flow rate, last cleaned and what it was cleaned in):2 20gal internal fliters
Airstone/sponge filter etc:1 10gal airstone
Inhabitance: 3inch male albino bn pleco, 4inch female albino bn pleco
Fish affected by issue (all/bottom dwellers, all bristlenose or a single fish etc):nope no effect
Feeding system (what, how much, how often):zucchi, cucumber, algae wafer, carrot, one or the other once a day.
current water change system (before illness appeared):every 2 days
water changes made since illness appeared:every 2 days
As many levels as you know (pH, Ammonia, nitrate, nitirite, KH, GH, TDS, aanything you can find out, your local fish shop should be able to help with this):PH is 6.8, ammonia 0, nitrate 2.6, nitrite 0, (KH, GH, TDS) unknown.
any chemicals used (including carbon/chemical fitration inside the filter):carbon in fliter
water source and treatment:water only has chorine, not chloramines, i use aquasafe.
Major changes in the last 3 weeks (new fish, new plants, new anything or changes): none
Symptoms (gasping, not moving, bloated, spots, wounds, stressed colours etc): not attach to anything, long white stringy poop, fins look kinda red, like it was injured.