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Guest Scott

I just started Cichlid tank a few weeks ago. I have a 30 gallon tank with 6 fish. I believe the fish in question is a Nimbuchromis Venustus. I also have 2 Labidichromis Caeruleus and 2 "African Electric Yellow" fish. The water tests fine for PH, Nitrates and Nitrites, and the Ammonia levels are excellent. The fish has no obvious signs of disease, but it stays near the bottom of the tank, isolated, and does not appear to eat. If you have any ideas of whats wrong, I'd appreciate your help. Thanks !!!!

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Guest zephrah

I have had the same problem, I an not sure what the breed, but a beautiful, small yellow. chiclid I have 4 ciclids in a 30 gallon tank. Had a bit ia algae, used algea destroyer...now one fish stays at the bottom. Thought it would get better....it is the only one the tank that looks sick...top fins are dark and not springy like the others. Thought it was dead several times, but swam away. The 3 other ciclids are doing well..what is your experience and concerns... i LOVE my ACQUARIUM...but this little yellow seems to be suffering........if you have any advuce,,,please advise,

 

 

Thank you

 

LA Brooks

labrooks2@alltel.net

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It sounds to me like both of you are talking about the same fish. Labidichromis Caeruleus are "African Electric Yellow" so you have 4 of them scott. The first problem I see is you have a Nimbochromis Venustus in a 30 gallon. Smallest tank for one of them full grown is going to be 120 gallons. They may be taking up too much territory in the tank and stressing out your Labs. Usually a cichlid staying in the corner of the tank is do to stress. Sounds to me like yours are a bit intimidated. Try housing something from the Aulonacara species with them. A nice blue one will contrast with the yellow labs colors nicely. maybe even just keep labs only in it...

 

As for you zephrah...those chemicals can be very hard on fish...just leave the lights off for a couple of days and don't feed and do a water change...hopfully a fewdays from now it will start to clear up. Replace the filter if it is more than 1 month old...

 

 

Also, no one mentions what kind of aquascaping is going on in their tanks...this is essentaial to keeping african cichlids. Lots of rockwork and piles and tunnels is needed to keep africans happy. They are territorial by nature and need to claim a section of tank their own by using landmarks.

 

remember clean water is the key to your fishes happiness...

 

jeff

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Guest kennyb

i have a 30 gallon hexagonal tank with 8 small assorted cichlids. they will not come to the top of the tank to eat. they will wait for the food to fall down and then will attack it. when i go into the pet store, the cichlids will come right up to the top. ours will not go above the halfway point of the tanks depth. how can i make them come up and get the food? :unsure:

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you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

 

hexagonal tanks are not good for cichlids because they are tall, not wide. fish tend to swim from side to side, not up and down. their territories are also horizontal, not vertical.

 

Fish usually don't eat when they are stressed...

 

these are just a few ideas.

 

Jeff

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