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marinebiologist21 11-19-2007 10:46 AM

Odd worm-like creature accompanying African Cichlid.
 
I have one African Cichlid in an Eclipse 12 gallon- Just the other night, I noticed him hiding in the cave, at the time I didn't have a heater. I put a heater, and he seemed to be thriving, being more active.
However- I noticed that night a worm- half of an inch- appears white- squiggling around in the water. It looked like it was adpated to water, for it got around fine, but my Cichlid payed no attention to it.
I thought he would eat it.
I haven't seen the worm since.
What should I do?
What is it?

Lupin 11-19-2007 09:56 PM

Re: Odd worm-like creature accompanying African Cichlid.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by marinebiologist21
I have one African Cichlid in an Eclipse 12 gallon- Just the other night, I noticed him hiding in the cave, at the time I didn't have a heater. I put a heater, and he seemed to be thriving, being more active.
However- I noticed that night a worm- half of an inch- appears white- squiggling around in the water. It looked like it was adpated to water, for it got around fine, but my Cichlid payed no attention to it.
I thought he would eat it.
I haven't seen the worm since.
What should I do?
What is it?

This could be planaria. How often do you replace your water and how much volume? What are your water parameters? How mnay times do you feed? The cichlid, in my opinion, is cramped in that tank. I'd do every other day water change basis at this rate and feed it only once a day.

marinebiologist21 11-21-2007 05:14 PM

Um.. he's fine. The tank is in my opinion quite large. He swims around often now and is fine.
I'm not at this house everyday,
so it's very hard to change the water that often.
I'll ask my father.
I change it every Wednesday- 30%
Water Parameters have to be aqcuired at the fish store, for, test strips here are scarce.
I don't EXACTLY have all the time in the world.

Lupin 11-21-2007 05:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marinebiologist21
Um.. he's fine. The tank is in my opinion quite large. He swims around often now and is fine.

How big is he? In my opinion, 20 gallons is about the minimum size for one African cichlid. What species is he?
Quote:

I'll ask my father.
I change it every Wednesday- 30%
Weekly basis. I'd do thrice a week depending on how much you feed it. Glad you will ask your father to do it for you if possible but do remind him to use a dechlorinator on tapwater before adding it to the tank. Tell him all he needs to know about the fish.
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Water Parameters have to be aqcuired at the fish store, for, test strips here are scarce.
I don't EXACTLY have all the time in the world.
We know you don't have. Most of us don't have much time for several tanks however we try to make a schedule to keep everything in order.

Without water parameters, how are we suppose to know if the water conditions are safe for the fish?:question:

marinebiologist21 11-21-2007 05:26 PM

I have algae killer droplets,
but I might try removing the fish and hiking the temperature up to 35 c or so to get rid of it.
I'll have to get some dechlorinator.
He's about 4 inches.
If the temp. change doesn't work.
I'll put my betta to see if he eats it.
I'll also try to get a catfish and pleco in there for now.

Parameters will arrie to you on Saturday.


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