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Smillermom 02-08-2012 05:37 AM

faded convict
I have recently moved my remaining female convict from a 55 gallon to a 20 gallon. My concern is her doloring. Her stripes are barely visible, it is like she has totally faded. Is this just due to the stress if the move? She has been in her new tank for 4 days, and yes, it is cycled.

fish monger 02-08-2012 07:18 AM

You're probably right about the stress. Her new surroundings could be a cause also. Some fishes' colors and markings change according to their tank mates and how secure they feel.

Tazman 02-08-2012 08:50 AM

The tank is slightly small for her as well. 30g or larger would be better as she is probably feeling cramped.

If you dont have a lot of rocks in the tank then perhaps add some, their natural environment is rocky streams / rivers with small caves and plants (do not have to be live plants - fake will do).

Monitor her for a few days and see if she changes, if not then she is stressed and susceptible to disease or at worst death. Chances are though it is probably because of moving her.

Smillermom 02-09-2012 05:22 AM

Thanks to both of you. I purchased the cichlid rocks from Dr. Foster Smith and piled them in the tank. She is having fun going from cave to cave. Just got to get to a pet store yo buy a few live plants. She is still faded but more active today. She used to share a 55 with her tank mate, another convict. Very bullied by the one that passed away. I do realize a 30 would be better but have to go with what I had, a cycled 20. I will keep up with water changes but I am so glad to have her up with me now. She was in a basement tank with her tankmate. I have a 75 already up in my living room so did not have the room to bring the 55 up.

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