Something's up with my African Cichlid
He's been twitching a lot, rubbing himself on the gravel, and has a clamped dorsal fin. The side he's been rubbing against the gravel also has a small patch of what appears to be white fuzz. I'm not sure if it's a fungus or what but i want to clear it up asap. He has a healthy appetite and is still active.
Any information would be much appreciated,
P.s. I recently took back the jack dempsey who shared the tank with him because he kicked his ass and nipped at him a lot... so i'm thinking this could have been the initial source of entry for whatever it is.
Sounds like the usual fish fungus. Move to a quarantine tank. Dose salt or anti-fungal meds and he should be fine! BTW, what does your water test at for temp and ammonia, nitrates and nitrites?
As for a quarantine tank all I have is an empty 1.5 gallon bowl but without heating or filtration. This would be a poor option correct?
Thanks for your help!
You had a jack dempsey in a 10g tank??
He is in a 10g tank? That is a tad small for most African cichlids. In the near future I would upgrade to a bigger setup and add some more Africans. By the sound of it, the cichlid is the only fish in the setup, right? If so, you should be fine without having to quarentin him. Also, what speices is the cichlid in question?
unfortunately this purchase was made before research was done
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