Originally Posted by Pearl2011
Aw I'm sorry :( It's always unfortunate when that happens
Did you treat the driftwood before putting it in the tank and how/where did you get it?? If you don't clean them well enough you can get some nasty stuff in the water, I got nematodes >.<
I'll agree that you can get some pretty nasty stuff out of driftwood. I got a chunk from an aquarium store and didn't boil it or anything - they didn't advise me to and the chunk I had in another tank I never did anything special with either and it was fine. This piece I put in pre getting fish, tied my anubias on, planted my other plants. It leeched the tannins which I expected but then all of my plants started dying and eventually the water was opaque with the color/tannins leeched out of the driftwood. And oh my, the smell when the water was disturbed! It smelled like a sewer, bad enough to make me gag, and it could be smelled across the room. I honestly don't know why...but I boiled the living daylights out of it and haven't been brave enough to put it in a tank yet. Lesson there was boil wood before putting it in a tank. Surely it would have killed the fish if I had had some in there.
I'm sorry for your loss, OP. It's always so hard to lose them when we don't know why/what happened.