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Old 12-09-2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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Scared african cichlids.

I have an african cichlid 75 gallon tank with about 16 fish. When I first set up the tank the fish were all active and would greet me every time I walked in the room. They follow my finger and follow me when in the room. However, now when I come in the room and or make any sudden movements they all run and hide in the far corner of the tank. I'm not sure why this happens.

Water parameters are great. Temperature is a at constant 80 degrees. Any help at all would be great. I would like them to be the way they were!! If you need any more info let me know!! Thanks!!
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:47 PM   #2
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I'm dealing with this problem also... But just the other day I did a big water Change (about 60%) and added a little cooler water to the tank.. I did this to try to get them to breed... But now they seem back to normal FOR THE MOST PART and they're also acting like they want to spawn... I've also been moving slower around them and now they seem to not hide as much when I make fast moves... But like I said they're not COMPLETELY back to normal yet... Idk if this helps but maybe try some of those things... It has seemed to help for me so far
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Oh and what are your nitrates??
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:46 PM   #4
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Nitrates are good. I did a big water change today. And do them every week. Maybe I should change the temp.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:14 PM   #5
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Nitrates are good. I did a big water change today. And do them every week. Maybe I should change the temp.
My fish did that for quite a while. Just give them time. Some days they still do.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:33 PM   #6
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Try dropping the temp a degree or 2... Not to much though...
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:37 PM   #7
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Try dropping the temp a degree or 2... Not to much though...
Temperatures are fine, you have enough hiding? Otherwise just give them time. My fish go through phases like that, one day scared the next day sharks.
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The temps are fine but what I was saying is try to change something.. Make them feel a little "different"... Idk I'm sure their fine like you said jus give them a couple days I guess.
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No don't fuss with things just let them get used to the way things are. Minimal stress and clean water always works best
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Yeah I guess that's a good point...
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