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Shaky Cichlid

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I have a cichlid who has been shaking tremendously as if he has the chills as he swims. I have also noticed that he has been rubbing against the rocks an awful lot... please help... :(

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Usually poor water quality or parasites (most commonly ich/ick). Check to see if there are any small white spots anywhere on the fish and test your ammonia/nitrate/nitrite levels to make sure they are optimal. If you do not have the kits to do this (which are a wise investment for anyone keeping any fish) you can always take it to a pet store, most of them will test your water for free.

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I agree...too much ammonia or nitrate can cause a fish to do this...but sometimes they do this on their own. Sometimes they also like to rub and bounce off the rocks. If it is happening frequently everyday you should check your water parameters. Make sure if you have Africans that the water is hard enough. Sometimes adding a water conditioner or aquarium salt (not salt for salt water tanks, stress salt) will also fix the problem.

 

Good luck

 

Jeff

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when he's sliding on the gravel of slab of rock's he's got ick, he's sorta itchen. and do frequent water changes due to the nitrate level. Cichlids prefer to live in clean streams of waters. possibly change everyweek if you're up to it about 20 to 25%, if not then once a month about 45-50%. :)

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