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Old 12-26-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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Strange Acting Cichlid

I am a new member and find this web-site very useful . Just started a new 29 with mixed africans. 8 to be exact all about 2" in length. Temp is 76-78....PH is 7.2 range. Feeding frozen brine shrimp (luv them)..daily....and frozen blood worms once a week. Occasional flakes also. Had one fish acting funny last night.....was on bottom behind a rock...not moving at all....no fin action ! Thought he was dead! Only moved out for a second if someone else got in his (her) face ....then went back to same position. Also thought I saw on his (her) forehead like a white looking almost powdery looking stuff! This morning the fish was back to normal ! Any ideas or comments from all you seasoned veterans would be greatly appreciated !
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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While you have an assorted bunch, what type of african cichlids are they? (Lake Malawi? Lake Tanganyika? Mbuna's, haps, shellies, peacocks, etc?).

If they are mbuna's (and most of the species within this particular african cichlid group are herbivorous), then daily brine shrimp is probably not the best food for them (and could potentially lead to the often fatal malawi bloat).

But then again, you may have cichlids which will do fine on a regular brine shrimp diet (although mysis shrimp is probably a better food for cichlids which do fine with shrimp as a regular part of their diet).

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Any pics?
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While you have an assorted bunch, what type of african cichlids are they? (Lake Malawi? Lake Tanganyika? Mbuna's, haps, shellies, peacocks, etc?).

If they are mbuna's (and most of the species within this particular african cichlid group are herbivorous), then daily brine shrimp is probably not the best food for them (and could potentially lead to the often fatal malawi bloat).

But then again, you may have cichlids which will do fine on a regular brine shrimp diet (although mysis shrimp is probably a better food for cichlids which do fine with shrimp as a regular part of their diet).

Need more data.

Any pics?
I have two peacocks and the remainder are Malawi's...so I was told from the LFS. I will switch to rotating flakes and pellets......! Any thoughts on the occasional blood worms ? They all seem to enjoy those !
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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I have two peacocks and the remainder are Malawi's...so I was told from the LFS. I will switch to rotating flakes and pellets......! Any thoughts on the occasional blood worms ? They all seem to enjoy those !
Peacocks are Malawis.
There are 3 Main types of Malawi Cichlids.
1 = Mbuna
2 = Haps
3 = Peacocks

Some mixes of these fish are not advisable.
Can you post pics to help us check the compatibility of your fish?
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:46 PM   #5
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Peacocks are Malawis.
There are 3 Main types of Malawi Cichlids.
1 = Mbuna
2 = Haps
3 = Peacocks

Some mixes of these fish are not advisable.
Can you post pics to help us check the compatibility of your fish?
Duh...Sorry...this is all new to me ! I never realized how many differant kinds of cichlids there were till I did some more research! I will take sum pics and try and post them. Have patience....this electronic stuff is new to me also !
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:58 PM   #6
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Duh...Sorry...this is all new to me ! I never realized how many differant kinds of cichlids there were till I did some more research! I will take sum pics and try and post them. Have patience....this electronic stuff is new to me also !
Haha take your time we've all been there
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:12 PM   #7
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Well you definitely need to get your ph up. It needs to be for most cichlids between 7.8-8.2 and for pea rocks it needs to be a steady ph no less than 8.0
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Well you definitely need to get your ph up. It needs to be for most cichlids between 7.8-8.2 and for pea rocks it needs to be a steady ph no less than 8.0
Sorry, this isn't true. Malawis and even Tangs do well enough at pH of 7.4 and even a little less.
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Sorry, this isn't true. Malawis and even Tangs do well enough at pH of 7.4 and even a little less.
Malawis and Tangs are very versatile fish but that doesn't mean that they are happy out of their ph comfort zone.
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Sorry billd your wrong
http://www.fishchannel.com/freshwate...-cichlids.aspx
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