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Old 06-26-2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Question New Red Jewel Just Laying There

I picked up Red Jewel Cichlid today that is just hanging at the bottom of the tank. He's breathing, but he's not active thus far. I have him in with several mbunas, and peacocks, and another Red Jewel of similar or smaller size. I netted him and put him into a breeding net for him to further acclimatize, but he's still just laying on the bottom of the net. Is this behavior normal for a Red Jewel or do I need to take him back to my LFS?
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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he's probably just scared, may take some time for him to adjust. I wouldn't worry if he seems healthy otherwise. Maybe you're aware, but I must say that jewel cichlids and peacocks won't mesh in the long run
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:20 PM   #3
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I'll keep an eye on him. I've let him go and he seems a bit more active, but the lights are off so it's hard to tell.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:07 PM   #4
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Well, looks like the mbunas took advantage of the jewel being weak and killed him. I caught him just in time to move him to the feeder tank I'm cycling (not ready to be a true q tank yet) where he took his last gasps. I had to move the new Kenyi as well which is surprising because he was one of the bigger fish and re-aquascaped the tank to erase territories. The Kenyi is hanging on but he looks better than the Jewel did. I dosed the tank with stress guard to help with healing and he has feeder guppies to eat if he wants to eat. If he makes it through the night, I think he'll be ok. Anything else I should be doing?
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:15 PM   #5
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Looks like the Kenyi is about to die as well. They were both such beautiful fish...
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:23 PM   #6
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I'm sorry =(
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:27 PM   #7
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It happens. I'm really surprised at the beating the kenyi took though. Any ideas on a nice red peacock or mbuna?
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what kind do you have, what size tank? I've heard yellow labs, white labs, acei, are not very aggressive.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:35 PM   #9
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I have a 45 gallon, but I'll be needing to move to a bigger tank before the years end. I have a yellow lab, and a acei couple. I have lots of purple, and blue, but not much red. I was looking to get some nice red fish in there. I do have a red empress male I think. I vented him and both holes look the same size.
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cool, I'm hoping mine is a male too. I haven't tried venting yet, but I think I see blue shine on his face. There's ruby red, red shoulder, rubin red for peacocks. I think of those the ruby red has the most red, but I'm not really sure.
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