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Old 03-11-2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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Fish hiding and not eating

I have about 20 small african cichlids and two are not coming out from rocks to eat and are breathing heavy. I have plenty of filtration and water circulation and added another extra filter an hr ago but for two days all come out normally but two. They look ok and there s no big aggression just some chasing as usual but yesterday there was a dead fish that was being eaten by the so called boss in tank. Water is 8.0 ph and 0 nitrite 10-20 nitrate and the only thing I don't like is ammonia is .25 ppm. I tested tap and its .25 ppm too. In new filter I added ammo carb. It's small hob canister. I don't know what to do. Thanks
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:24 PM   #2
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Also should add temp is 79 and I change water weekly. I dosed w aquarium salt. I hadn't used any in a while.
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How long as the tank been set up? And also when did you add the new fish?
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And now one of the two is hiding next to heater facing dim ward just swimming in place
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How long as the tank been set up? And also when did you add the new fish?
A couple months maybe 2 1/2. I had my bacteria bloom and waited for it to clear up then added fish. They were all added in two batches a week after the bloom so they've been in I'd say a month
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A couple months maybe 2 1/2. I had my bacteria bloom and waited for it to clear up then added fish. They were all added in two batches a week after the bloom so they've been in I'd say a month
That is interesting, there could be a small ammonia spike for adding a lot of fish at once.

When did this strange behavior start? Has it always been like this?

What do you feed them?
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That is interesting, there could be a small ammonia spike for adding a lot of fish at once.

When did this strange behavior start? Has it always been like this?

What do you feed them?
Just started maybe a day or two ago. I hadn't seem them come out then finally saw them in the rocks. I feed NLS Thera a small pellet and veggie flakes. Do you think .25 ammonia is a real problem? I know it should be zero but in though 1.0 was where it got really dangerous? I did 25% water change Wednesday last week and will not be able to do another till this Wednesday as I don't have my gravel vac I left at friends house where I cleaned his tank for him
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What size tank is this? I recommend doing 50% weekly water change if possible. I do believe ammonia is deadly.
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What size tank is this? I recommend doing 50% weekly water change if possible. I do believe ammonia is deadly.
72 gallon
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I would just do a water change as soon as possible. It could be an internal parasite, can't say for sure. There are many confounding variables that may lead to to them acting weird. Just observe them for the next few days. Do not over feed as that would usually lead to more problems.

If possible try to feed them green peas if they are bloated.
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