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I am a new fish tank owner. I have had several fish die on me so far. I am worried about my fish that are left in the tank. I have a snail, a black molly and a orange molly, algae eater and cat fish. My algae eater is acting funny. He usually sits in the bottom of the tank or hides in behind the water filter. He is now sitting behind the water heater and he has his face out of the water. Is this common. I have not seen it do this before and I am worried it is a sign of death. The following fish I have had die on me is 5 Neon Tetra and Guppy. Any thoughts or help that you could provide me would be great.

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Hello! I would be happy to help you but could you fill in a few blanks for me?

What is your tank size?
What Algae Eater, a Chinese Algae Eater or a Pleco?
Do you test the water and what are your water parameters?

Fish rely on good water quality and proper tank size.

Thank you and I apologize for the slight delay!  


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My knowledge of fish ranges from freshwater and saltwater fish compatibility and care from easy livebearers to monster fish. I can help you set up a simple freshwater aquarium to a complicated reef tank. I would be pleased to assist anyone who is new to the aquarium hobby.


I have been in the aquarium hobby for eight years mostly dealing with large and small aquariums. I keep mostly monster fish (Arowana's, Large Cichlids; Oscars, and freshwater/saltwater eels specifically) but now that I am in college I am keeping a 30 gallon tropical community and a 45 gallon brackish aquarium while my father tends to the big monsters I left behind.

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