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Malawian death

10 years 7 months ago #23784 by Steve Woita
Replied by Steve Woita on topic Malawian death
Thanx, fellow Cichlid lovers!!        There wasn't any bloat that I noticed, just super lethargy.  Both are dead, but rest of tank is doing fine.

steve

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10 years 7 months ago #23775 by dragonkeeper
Replied by dragonkeeper on topic Malawian death
Bloat is actually a bacterial infection that cause food not to be digested correctly causing a blockage. Metro works definitely but if you hate meds like I do try some epsom salts they work too.

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10 years 7 months ago #23771 by FishandFire
Replied by FishandFire on topic Malawian death
Sounds like it could be bloat.  Bloat is an intestinal blockage.  The fish will stop eating and be listless.  The only external sign may be an enlarged "stomach" area.  In later stages of bloat you can sometimes see the swelling inside of the fishes mouth.  If it is bloat, separate the sick fish and treat with Metronidazole.

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10 years 7 months ago #23758 by dbrummitt
Replied by dbrummitt on topic Malawian death
What food are you using. I was using that "no-carb" food for awhile and then boom same kinda thing happened. You know how clown fish just sit there and go back and forth in the same place thats what they started doing with a little less movement. Then one by one and two by two groups of fish just started dying and i didnt know why. I did water changes and what not and still death. Then i noticed the tanks not getting that food were fine. swithced foods, and then everyone was going back to normal. finally found out at this years ganza while talking to my food vendor that one of the ingredients, potato starch, is not digestible by most cichlids and was binding them up and killing them. so check your food alot of these new "awesome" cichlid foods are not so good in the long run. Dustin B.

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10 years 7 months ago #23754 by Steve Woita
Malawian death was created by Steve Woita
I have several very compatible Malawians in 55 gal.    Ten days ago female Aulonocara began not eating.  She is listless but does not appear to be dying.  As of today she is still alive.  She is definitely  NOT holding.  Last week a male Perlmutt acted same way.  He died today.  There is no sign of parasites, fin rot, or usual diseases  -  just not eating and listless behavior.  Other fish leave them alone and seem fine.        Suggestions?        Thanx.

Steve

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