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Brandonl87 05-08-2012 04:53 PM

..idk whats going on..
 
Ok guys heres the problem im having in my tank of Mbuna cichlids. i have Aceis, yellow labs and Red zebras. water parameters are all perfect. ph is 8.0, tons of hiding spots two HOB filters until i get my canister waiting is on its way. but heres the deal at first one juvie yellow lab died seemed to have been bullied ok. then a 2nd one the same way and now a small red zebra today... all of them are juvies execpt one is about 3" which is a red zebra all others are between 1-2". whats going on? i dont see any arggession when im at home.

Termato 05-08-2012 05:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Brandonl87 (Post 1073970)
Ok guys heres the problem im having in my tank of Mbuna cichlids. i have Aceis, yellow labs and Red zebras. water parameters are all perfect. ph is 8.0, tons of hiding spots two HOB filters until i get my canister waiting is on its way. but heres the deal at first one juvie yellow lab died seemed to have been bullied ok. then a 2nd one the same way and now a small red zebra today... all of them are juvies execpt one is about 3" which is a red zebra all others are between 1-2". whats going on? i dont see any arggession when im at home.

Hey if you could answer some of these questions it could help me and others better answer your question.

What size Tank?

How many of each fish?

You said the first yellow lab died because it was bullied? Did you see blood?

Are your fish acting weird in any way? Do they have any physical signs that could give a clue to what this is...both the live and dead ones?

Could this be a disease? or do you really think that it was an attack?

Do you have a video of their behavior that we could see?

I am sorry for your loss and hope someone can help.

Brandonl87 05-08-2012 08:17 PM

[quote=Termato;1073999]Hey if you could answer some of these questions it could help me and others better answer your question.

What size Tank?

How many of each fish?

You said the first yellow lab died because it was bullied? Did you see blood?

Are your fish acting weird in any way? Do they have any physical signs that could give a clue to what this is...both the live and dead ones?

Could this be a disease? or do you really think that it was an attack?

Do you have a video of their behavior that we could see?

I am sorry for your loss and hope someone can help.[/quote

55 gallon tank and 4 of each. well 2 yellow labs and 3 zebras left now. didnt see any blood but was missing scales. No visible clues at all. Everyones acting normal. I did use clay pots and some outside rocks i bought from home depot for the tank but i did the vinger thing and didnt do anything and i washed them all off with water before putting in the tank but its been in there from the beginning tanks about 6months old give or tank but was converted to cichlids about 2 weeks ago? roughly

Tazman 05-08-2012 08:25 PM

Yellow Labs and Red Zebra are notorious for cross breeding. It is possible the larger Zebra was trying to mate with the smaller Yellow Labs, they do breed at a young age.

This could explain the reason for the deaths. Am sorry to hear you lost fish :-(

What are your water parameter readings for Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate?

Brandonl87 05-08-2012 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Tazman (Post 1074243)
Yellow Labs and Red Zebra are notorious for cross breeding. It is possible the larger Zebra was trying to mate with the smaller Yellow Labs, they do breed at a young age.

This could explain the reason for the deaths. Am sorry to hear you lost fish :-(

What are your water parameter readings for Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate?

Ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 0. just very annoying the cichlids are growing on me i like how each one has a personality. mm thats true with the red zebra one is bigger. should i remove him?

Tazman 05-08-2012 08:49 PM

erm, I am concerned that your reading for Nitrate is 0, unless you have a heavily planted tank then you should be seeing nitrate and with Cichlids this can get high quickly.

Which test kit do you have?

Brandonl87 05-09-2012 05:44 AM

Api master kit the liquid one
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Tazman 05-09-2012 07:35 AM

OK. It does not say it in the instructions but Bottle #2 of the Nitrate test is prone to separating. Shake the bottle for a full 2 minutes before adding it to the test tube.

Brandonl87 05-09-2012 09:25 AM

Ah ok ill have to try it when i get home from work an see what it is
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Brandonl87 05-09-2012 05:05 PM

just checked the levels again after saking the bottles. ammonia 0 nitrate 0 nitrite 0 high range ph 8


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