Originally posted this in the cichlid forum, but not much interest there. Hope some of you have some insight into this issue.
Hereís my post:
Iíve lingered around this and other forums for quite some time now. Thanks for everything yíall do to help other fishkeepers!
So Iíve had my first cichlid tank for about a year now and three months ago I noticed a concave belly on one of my cichlids. Not knowing much about sunken bellies, I ignored it. Soon it showed up in a couple more fish and a month later I lost 4 of them. Not until recently did I figure out that itís a disease, potentially caused by parasites.
So after scouring through 100s of threads, I treated the tank with metro and prazi and also set up a medicine tank for the ones looking really bad (3 of them). Iíve seen significant improvement in their behavior and eating since I treated the tanks.
So my 70 gal
tank now has 20 mbunas, 2 of them with a slightly curved belly. Theyíre all active Iíve always maintained my tank at 0 ppm
ammonia, nitrites and minimal nitrates.
My question is for the fish in the medicine tank - how long before they return to normal. They all eat and poop fine, no stringy white poop or anything like that. But after 3 weeks Iíve not seen any improvement in their belly. Can anybody post about your experience with this and how long it took for the fish to recover (assuming theyíre now free of parasites)?
Really appreciate your time!