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Old 11-26-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Hi I've got a geophagus and my husband put three silver dollars in today and now my geophagus has got black stripes like a zebra on his body, I've noticed them before at night when the light is off but they aren't going away now. Is he stressed out? Does anyone know what this means? he is my favourite fish so I don't want him to get stressed and die! Thanks xx
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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What kind is he and what else is in the tank. Most geos like to be in a group of at least 3. But some do fine as a single. What size tank?
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:27 PM   #3
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Yes. Those are stress markings. Silver dollars are (IMO) too active to be housed with a Geo. What size tank are they all in? Any other fish?
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:44 PM   #4
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He is a geophagus altifron(2inchs) It's a 200litre tank there are also
3silver dollars (1 1/2inch)
4platys
4zebra danios
3 bleeding heart tetras
2dwarf gouramis
12 penguin tetra
Another little orange ciclid
A goby
And a plec


Usually everyone gets on ok Ernie (the geo) is the boss and he isn't aggressive towards anyone apart from the occasional chase with the little orange ciclid. The man in the shop said that the dollars would be fine in a group as the geo wouldn't bother them but he seems quite stressed by them. Will he settle down when he realises that they are not at all interested in him?
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Hmm Im going to let some one else advise you on this. I have no experience with a mixed stock like yours.
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Ok thanks anyway. I realise now that the ego will probably eat most of the small fish in about a year.
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Ego? Geo lol stupid corrective text.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:12 PM   #8
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Can you post up a picture of the orange cichlid? It may be a future problem also?
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I'm not by my tank but just looked on google I think it is a pseudotropheous microstoma.
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:01 PM   #10
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I'm not an African cichlid guy except for my Neolamprologus multifasciatus
someone will jump in here and help out. As far as the geo my go to member for them isn't a member here anymore. If you are on facebook join THE GEO LIFE group. There are a lot of good people with a lot of knowledge on them.
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