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WHY ARE MY FISH DYING???

11 years 6 months ago #3209 by Kegger22
Replied by Kegger22 on topic WHY ARE MY FISH DYING???
make sure you get a fresh test kit, your other kit may be old and not be giving you the proper results

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11 years 6 months ago #3208 by dragonkeeper
Thats good to hear. I hope everything starts to work out for you.

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11 years 6 months ago #3207 by MLcichlids
Replied by MLcichlids on topic WHY ARE MY FISH DYING???
When was the last time you did your gravel? You are probably fine just draining water.

Are they showing good color, or have unusual color patterns to them? Are they bloated? Are they all eating? Scraping on rocks repeatedly? Any odd behavior?

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The fish are coloring up and looking good. I did another water change and removed all the rocks and so on and really cleaned the gravel really well.  None of the fish are bloated and they are all eating. I have a male frontosa that itches himself on the gravel every so often but hes done that for about a year now. No odd behavior at all really.

Today being the 25th of Jan is the first day that I did not wake up to any dead fish so I guess thats a good sign.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that they all do fine.

Thanks again,

Mike

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11 years 6 months ago #3175 by forumadmin
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I wouldn't feed bloodworms to Malawians. Keep to a diet high in fiber like a good cichlid pellet.

Are the fish exhibiting any signs of sickness? I'd hit them with a Prazi/Metro combo. Jungle Parasite Tabs are probably the easiest to use. You can use them along with the salt and Epsom salts.

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11 years 6 months ago #3169 by Nuchal Man
Replied by Nuchal Man on topic WHY ARE MY FISH DYING???
When was the last time you did your gravel? You are probably fine just draining water.

Are they showing good color, or have unusual color patterns to them? Are they bloated? Are they all eating? Scraping on rocks repeatedly? Any odd behavior?

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11 years 7 months ago #3150 by dragonkeeper
I would be curious as to what your water parameters are? Ammonia/nitrite/nitrates. My guess is that because you seem to have a very localized die off that you have a hyper dominant male in the tank. It appears that you have quite a large amount of fish in the tank. Even though it is a 300 your fish are all at the age when they are going to start fighting for territories and assuming a ratio of even 25% male a 300 gal tank doesn't have enough of a footprint to support the male population (especially with breeding just a stones throw away).

My opinion is that you have a dominant male, Possibly one of the bigger Fronts, that is either killing for territory or in the case of the Fronts is snacking on your fish.

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11 years 7 months ago #3149 by forumadmin
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Change the Water
Yep, I agree. You need to do a water change. Although your tank is big, it is heavily stocked. I'd do a 20-40% water change with water of the same temperature and use a good dechlor agent.

Then, it can't hurt to add some non-iodized (kosher) salt. Try 1TBS per 10 gallons and you can double that if needed.

What are your fish doing?
Watch your tank for aggression. With Africans, sometimes you get a killer that goes around giving belly shots to the other fish. The swim bladder pops and that's it for the fish.

I did notice that all your Africans seem to be juveniles approaching adulthood. That is when the killing often starts as males fight for dominance.

How are your fish doing?

Are they all eating? Are they scratching or looking listless? Are they bloated? Have you changed the diet?

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11 years 7 months ago #3145 by mounkey54
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in all my years of fish keeping , i have found most deaths are cuased by water quality i would start doing 20% water changes every day or every other day. i may also add a half dose of methelen blue only because if it happens to be nitrite poisoning (what i would suspect) fish can not expell it from their bodies with out a little help. good luck hope everything goes well
 

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11 years 7 months ago #3144 by MLcichlids
I have a 300 gallon tank that has been up and running now for almost a year. I have lost 6 fish in
the last week, I can't explain why they are dying.

I have the following in the tank

30 frontosa between 2.5- 4.5 inches

3 geophagus  4 inches

15 yellow lab 2.5 - 3inches

10 Albino peacocks 2 inches

5 OB peacocks 2.5 inches

15 Taiwan split gene 2.5 - 3inches

5 Eureka reds 3 inches

10 bengas 2.5 inches

10 sunshine 2.5 inches

I have the bottom of the tank aquascaped with slate and granite, 3 eheim pro 2's and an airstone.

the fish have been in there for about 3 months with no issues and now in the last week I've lost 3
sunshine and 3 albinos.

if you have any ideas please let me know.

Mike

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