I have been keeping Malawi haps for years, but a store near me had this large red pike and I have just been drawn to it for like the last year. Finally about a month ago I sold all my Africans and bought the pike for $120, and a spotted gar for $80. I’m not new to fish keeping. I maintain an extremely clean tank with great water parameters. I carefully acclimated them. They were the only two fish besides a couple of medium plecos... They seemed fine that night. The next morning the pike was floating. I was absolutely crushed. I had just gotten rid of all my fish for that EXACT, specific fish. The gar has done fine. Luckily the owner was very kind and gave me $120 in credit and I’ve since added a tiger Oscar, a peacock bass , and a silver arowana. All are doing great. I just can’t stop thinking about that pike, however. I know they prefer a lower pH but their tank water was mid 7’s as is mine. Was it possibly just old? It was 13”. He has a lenticulata pike about 6” for $60. I really want another atabapo, I’m just paranoid at this point about pikes in general, but perhaps I shouldn’t be?