Convict Cichlid Emergency, any advice would be appreciated
I have a larger convict cichlid and a smaller one and recently, a dominant fish died, so the bigger convict has been bullying my littler one, ( I have plenty of hiding places mind you ) and today I came home and my little one is at the top of the tank, his tail is slightly torn, he's trying to blend in and I'm not sure what to do, I don't want to lose him,
Sorry you are having troubles. Often it is housing or tanks overstocked, can you tell us please what size tank and what other fish are in with the 2 Convicts please. What kind of fish was dominant, the fish that died?
Your best bet if you only have one tank is to divide the tank. You can make a simple and cheap divider out of plastic craft mesh and report cover spines. Should cost less than $2-$3 but will depend on your tank size. This is only temporary while your bullied fish recovers tho.
At the moment I can't find a link for you but it should be in the DIY section. Do It Yourself.
I had an african red zebra, and there is a blood parrot in the tank who is most definitely holding his own, ( he isn't going after the other fish though) and the tank is 39 gallons.
with the domminant fish dying a new pecking order is being established more then likely, the smaller one thats being bullied sounds like hes stressed and just trying to stay low on the radar. ive heard of overstocking to combat aggression (ive done so in the past with africans) or a tank division or just let natrue take its course. some domminant's are more aggressive then others ive seen this many times with my africans.
Unfortunately, a divider is certainly out of the question and I won't be able to get any more fish for a week at the least. These are second generation fish and I'm afraid I've gotten attached to the victim so I'm struggling to come to terms with the whole "survival of the fittest" idealogy
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