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molliefan09 01-27-2010 08:34 PM

injured acei
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so i was doing my normal evening routine of feeding and checking on all the fish and when i got to my mnuba tank i noticed one of my acei wasnt coming out to eat and i found him hiding under one of the rocks and when the other acei can near him he got REALLY stressed...upon closer inspection i noticed it appears half of his upper lip seems to be missing:shock:. the only fish in there large enough to do this type of damage is the other acei....they are both about 4-5 inches all the others are only 1-1.5 inches. i have noticed them doing the typical spinning in circles at each other but only once or are a few pics...the first 2 are of the injured fish and the third is of the other acei...which is what he USED to look like... on hand i have melafix, pimafix and aquarium salt....not sure what would be the recommended treatment....all my tanks, including QT and hospital are filled with newbies

mollies 01-28-2010 01:28 AM

can you get a front view a little clearer like the last pic? He should be ok. how much rock work or caves do you have? They need a lot to be able to get away and hide from the bullys.

molliefan09 01-28-2010 06:32 AM

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this morning he is hanging out by the heater right under the out flow of the are a couple more pics... the fisrt one if of the entire tank....I think there are plenty of hiding places....the last 2 are another attempt to get a clear front shot..

B14 VZR 01-28-2010 06:47 AM

dang poor mollies said tho he will prolly be ok.

Just keep an eye on him and keep the lights to a minimum to give him some time to recover without any further stress or harassment

mollies 01-28-2010 10:06 AM

Well i would add some more hiding higher in the tank if posible. Yes from that pics he should recover from it in a few weeks. Are they both males?

molliefan09 01-28-2010 11:31 AM

im not sure if they are me they look like females but the acei are hard to sex since both the males and females are similar color...the only difference i found to sex them was the sape of the fins....what ever they are they are the same...

molliefan09 01-28-2010 05:22 PM

my only concer with going higher on the rock work is the availabiity of open swimming space....i know with other fish this could be a problem....

mollies 01-28-2010 06:27 PM

If You stack the rock work to the back of the tank. Your fish will have the front of the tank to swim around. Also you can make open spaces on the bottom of the tank, like arch ways. Most cichlids like the bottom of the tanks anyways. Thats where most rock work is usualy. They would love high rock work. You could also stack it In the back 2 corners and leave the middle open so that way, one can have one side of the tank, the other one the other side.
But the main thing is that your fish will be ok.

molliefan09 01-28-2010 06:45 PM me it looks worse tonight and he has been hanging out at the top of the tank near the heater under the out flow of the filter ALL DAY....could it be somesort of mouth fungus/bacterial infection like Columnaris??

mollies 01-28-2010 06:52 PM

Im not sure as to what that is. I have never had it. Maybe if you could get a clearer pic some one could ID it for you. Im still thinking it looks like they git into a fight.

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