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one of my cichlids last night was severely attacked most of his fins are torn apart and his sides are beat up really bad but he is still alive barely and i need to know what i can do to help him get better at the moment i have separated him into a bucket with an air stone be he isnt looking good i need to know what i can do asap
try adding some sort of salt read labels first or ask pet store
id get some MelaFix if you can and put him in a separate tank (if you can)
try to look for little-fizz this person has helped alot and its working try finding them
well i did separate him and added melafix but i just went to check on him a minute ago and he was no longer breathing or moving at all so i guess he just was too messed up to survive the whole ordeal :cry:
sorry to hear that
you could always try mouth to mouth :lol:
you should always keep an eye on your fish. and always have treatments available. you never know what can go on inside your tank. there are ph and ammonia alerts, that you stick to the glass from inside the tank. they tell you the levels at an instant when it changes. you can find those anywhere even on ebay. i recommend www.petmountain.com.
A properly maintained and cycled tank should never need one of those "ammonia alert" cards. Those things are expensive, inaccurate, and can fall apart in your tank and make a mess. It doesn't hurt to test for ammonia from time to time just to make sure things are running smoothly, but the only reason there would be an ammonia spike in a mature tank like that is 1) ammonia is coming out of your tap so you're adding it with water changes 2) there's some source of excess ammonia in your tank, due to overfeeding or a dead animal somewhere in the tank.
If you keep aggressive cichlids, I strongly recommend that you have a cycled tank set up as a hospital tank. If you can't keep it cycled, at least have one ready to be filled with conditioned water, and keep a sponge filter running in one of your display tanks. When a fish is sick or injured, move it and the sponge filter to the hospital tank for treatment. Many cichlids are mean fish, so even in ideal conditions you sort of have to expect to have to deal with fights from time to time. If the injuries aren't too bad, something like Melafix can work wonders with regrowing lost tissue.
I agree with batman. cichlids are for the most part territorial. most displays of agression are due to fish not being able to avoid each other in the tank. It also helps to research the fish before you purchase them some just don't belong in the same tank.
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