Sorry about your cichlid
That's good that you had him for so long. He had a good life with you!
I agree to use a QT
tank, but netting is sometimes traumatic and I always feel like such a meanie. I netted my betta last week to go into the QT
bowl, and luckily I caught him on the first try. If you treat the whole tank (and sometimes it is necessary) then you risk losing some of the good bacteria that has built up, if you're treating with an antibiotic. That's not too fun either, to go thru a mini cycle while treating the whole tank. In my case, I may go thru a mini cycle, because the betta tank is empty now. I'm still feeding the tank in hopes that some of the good bacteria will not die off without the betta, but we'll see.
I put a drop of pH down in my QT
tank when I made up the water. I don't use it in the main tank, but I know the main tank's pH is 7.2 and when I mix up my water (half RO
and half tap) that it mixes to 7.4. When I'm changing a gallon out of the main tank (5.5 gallons) I don't get a pH rise, but for the QT
I thougt I would use some pH down, just a little, so the betta doesn't get stressed. He's in the QT
now, flaring away! But he can't come out yet! The last time he was in QT
, and I put him back in the main tank, he went crazy and tattered his tail fin a little.
So I guess some fish are just not at all happy about netting and moving to another tank, even if it is back to their home tank. It must be the change that they just don't like. My betta acted like he didn't remember his home. He just kept attacking the one wall of the tank until he tattered his tail. My other betta is very calm. Nothing seems to faze him.
Sorry again about your fish, and I hope the rest of your fish are ok.