Duboisi chiclid is not eating anything... he took a bite at crayfish food but lost intrest quickly, algae fish food with small amounts of shirmp meal, he sees but ignore. Then fish meal and shrimp meal pellets he eats but occasionally spits out, what can I do ??? PLEASE help
How long have you had this fish? How long has your tank been set up and do you know it's parameters?
tank has been a month ++ ammonia and nitrates are 0 nitrate is almost 0 cuz i have some plants. Any ideas what can i do?
Pic of the chiclid
I am not familiar with cichlid keeping exactly, but if I had a fish that was not eating or spitting out food I would look at the big picture.
What are his tankmates? Are they fish that are generally compatible?
How big is the tank and is it appropriately sized for the fish? Why are you feeding him crayfish food and not cichlid food?
Was he quarantined and observed before being added to the tank?
I dare say your tank may not be completely cycled. What test kits are you using? Liquid or test strips? Did you actually see a cycle where the ammonia went up, the nitrite went up, and both went to 0 and you saw a nitrate reading?
Perhaps someone who specifically knows cichlids may be able to shed some light. I know certain fish, like corydoras and plecos for example, are known to come in with internal parasites.
i think its could be the new plant i put in 2 days ago? The test was done by LFS before i put the plant... could there be a link?? The fish was quarantined for 2 days. That could have stressed him cuz that one is a small tank. This is a juveniale so I though a 10gallon tank would do. It should right? 30 is for full grown is recommended. Its tank mates are crayfish and lepornidus arcus. They both are hiding in caves, arent disturbing the chiclid at all, neither fighting for food. Is it possible the chiclid is stressed from thunderstorms?? The thunder was really loud the whole of this afternoon (my city has the highest number of thunderstorms in the world)
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I recommend you work on getting your own test kits. Always soak or rinse plants before placing them in your tank. Fish should always be in their appropriate tank size. I never recommend a tank that is too small, no matter if the fish is a juvenile.
This other fish you have. Was not familiar so I looked it up. It says it is a touchy fish which should never be introduced to an immature tank. It also says it needs a tank of at least 600 litres!
Apparently that is meant for the full grown size of 14cm, mine is a mere 2cm lol. So i asked my LFS and they said its fine, they keep them in an even smaller tank... so iam at a lost, I dont have a tank that is that big, a pond is on its way in a years time tho, I guess it can go there once its built. Lepornidus is just fine as it seems cuz the full grown they refer to is 40cm mine is only 3cm, so that can go in the pond once its over grown too. Anyways thanks help, its eating shirmp meal suddenly, also i realised it started to eat the algae i grew for him on the rocks, its little but enough i hope...
An LFS can sometimes give bad or incorrect advice. Remember, they are there to sell fish so if yours die they get another sale. Sometimes LFS employees just do not have a clue. An LFS can also give incorrect tank size because most people especially new to the hobby aren't going to drop a ton of money on a huge tank.
Think of an LFS as a holding tank. They only have so much room and they have to have lots of species so they keep them crowded in small tanks. It's just the way it is. Keeping a fish in a tank that is too small is not good for the fish regardless of his size. Make sure you keep up on testing and doing frequent water changes. Good luck.
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