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I have a 55 gal freshwater tank with 2 Gouarami's, 3 Bala sharks, 2 algae eaters and a clown Plecko. When I woke up this morning both algae eaters had buried their heads in the rocks and died. I found them in the tank just sticking tail up, heads fully under the rocks. What could be a reason for them doing this? If it was just one I wouldn't be so worried but since both did it, I'm a little worried for the other fish in the tank. Any hypotheses as to why they would do this?
 
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they got stuck? they had a pact? Im not sure what to say here.

Animals have a way of knowing when they are going to die, minus what you see on the side of the road. Ive had a couple of other animals mainly reptiles who have gone and buried their heads in the sand or moss and died.
 

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Could it be a case of terning the lights on and possibly shocking them?.
It can startle fish to go from pitch black to supper bright in the blink of an eye.
 
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^^^ very true, it helps to turn on ambient lights in the room they are in first then their lights after a few minutes of acclimation to the lights.
 
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