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Old 01-14-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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Peacock Cichlid

So I just recently got some peacock cichlids but they won't eat anything! I've had them for more than a week and they aren't eating. Can I get suggestions ASAP?
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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How do they act? Are they swimming around or hiding?
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Well I checked the water and the nitrates are a little high so I'm treating it and hopefully that will help them feel better to eat
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Well I checked the water and the nitrates are a little high so I'm treating it and hopefully that will help them feel better to eat
What do you mean by treating it? If you mean water changes, then great. But if your trying to use chemicals, save your money, the only way to reduce nitrates is by water changes. Figure a 50% WC will cut them in half.
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I'm doing about 50% WC/day sometimes twice a day. But my biggest worry is getting them to eat. I've even tried fry and they just look at them and swim away, they don't try to eat anything. Another thing I noticed is that they are starting to swim sideways and I know that has to be a bad sign so I'm trying to figure out what's wrong
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If you do to much water change. You lose bacteria. Be care full. I would go down to 0.25 ppm nitrate. Wait a day and then do another water change. Bit by bit. I have made that mistake to do to much water change. And my tank went threw a cycle. And got a bacteria explosion. After.
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What are your other parameters and you say high trates? How high? How long has tank been running?
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:23 PM   #8
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Tank had been up for a couple of weeks but my fish have been in there for about a week but I think I figured out a problem. The filter was old and I believe it must have had some ich on it and my fish kind of have it so I'm treating that
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Tank had been up for a couple of weeks but my fish have been in there for about a week but I think I figured out a problem. The filter was old and I believe it must have had some ich on it and my fish kind of have it so I'm treating that
Do the fish look like they've been dropped in a pile if salt?
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:54 PM   #10
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If you do to much water change. You lose bacteria. Be care full. I would go down to 0.25 ppm nitrate. Wait a day and then do another water change. Bit by bit. I have made that mistake to do to much water change. And my tank went threw a cycle. And got a bacteria explosion. After.
you won't lose any bacteria by doing large water changes. the nitrifying bacteria you want live on hard surfaces, not in the water column. Just be sure to treat your water before you put it in your tank or through your filter.

Also, .25ppm nitrate is effectively no nittrates. If you can get your nitrates down below 40ppm nitrates then thats a good sign. 20ppm is considered "clean" for freshwater.
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