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Old 04-22-2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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tropheus dubosi stopped eating

hi i added a juvenile tropheus dubosi to my tank about 1.5-2 months ago. he's still in juvenile coloration with the black and white spot but he has his yellow band coming through. Lately i have noticed that he hasn't really been eating anything. I have done some research and know that tropheus much of the time get bloat however i feed NLS exclusively and i read they cannot get bloat from this.
anyone have any idea why he would of stopped eating?
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:33 PM   #2
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What are his other tank mates?
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What are his other tank mates?
he is in with 3 adult calvus (2 females and 1 male), 2 julidochrimos (1 regani, 1 marlieri), and a couple of peacocks,
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he is in with 3 adult calvus (2 females and 1 male), 2 julidochrimos (1 regani, 1 marlieri), and a couple of peacocks,

Pretty sure calvus is not a recommended tank mate to Tropheus. Try getting some veggie or spirulina flakes the other ones are fine, I think, but the tropheus may bully the peacocks.
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Pretty sure calvus is not a recommended tank mate to Tropheus. Try getting some veggie or spirulina flakes the other ones are fine, I think, but the tropheus may bully the peacocks.
all of them have been fine for the past 2 months together tropheus minds his own business, and the calvus mind there only business too, besides the male ocasionally chasing the male eureka red when he gets to close to his cave
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Could it be bacterial? Not all infections are visible. Typically bacterial infections present with bloat, or sores, but not always.
Is he scratching? How do his gills look, staying partially open, hardened, red?
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Also, how long has he not been eating? NLS is an amazing food, maybe he's just not hungry.
Any other signs/behavioral indications?
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He hasn't been eating for about a week. He does look a little bloated. He isn't scratching
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Read up on Tropheus diet, it's unique from peacocks and other Africans. Add some salt in the meantime. He could be eating. Just not what your putting in.
If he seems healthy he probably is.
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Definitely should not be in the tank with the Calvus. They have two totally different diets the Tropheus being almost entirely based on algae and the Calvus is a carnivore. Feeding the tropheus high protien/high fiber foods are very difficult on them and will almost always cause bloat. Once you see the first signs it may already be to late. Take him out and start medicating immediately.
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