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ReefTrooper 04-10-2012 09:08 AM

Cichlid has indentation behind head!!
hello everyone,i will get straight to the point... my male Kenyi cichlid who is about 6 inches long has suddenly developed an indentation behind his head . the indentation is symmetrical and is there on both sides of the body

i have no idea what this is and would be grateful if anyone can help me :) my Male auratus also has the same he also is about 6 inches long. My pH is around 8 and i do weekly water changes of 30%,more if i see the tank is dirty or notice anything different...

The tank is 36 inches long and has a volume of 35 gallons. does anyone know what the problem might be?? thanks in advance for any replies :-)

Tazman 04-10-2012 09:10 PM

It could be Hole in the Head disease

Check this link out for excellent information on its causes and treatment.

ReefTrooper 04-11-2012 09:18 PM

Thanks for answering :-) but the indent is like an inch across and HITH is just small holes isnt it? also its not on the head but behind it. does anyone know what it might be??

Tazman 04-11-2012 09:25 PM

Is it well fed and behaving normally?

tank is also a little small to keep these guys long term.

ReefTrooper 04-12-2012 10:30 PM

Yeah they both behave normally and rule the tank as they always do.
. im pretty sure they are well fed.- i feed them Tetra O cichlid sticks,along with occasional algae wafers and a staple diet of home made fish food containing Zucchini,carrots,romaine lettuce,bell peppers, some strawberries, peas and some shrimp.... is this OK for them? they eat it readily.. and seem to like it. Can you suggest something that will enhance a female kenyi cichlids Blue? a vegetable that i can add to my recipe for example?? Thanks so much for helping me out :-D

Tazman 04-12-2012 10:47 PM

:thumbsup: to the food no problems there at all.

There is really nothing to add that will enhance colors other than hormones but DO NOT go down that route. Cichlid pellets from New Life Spectrum do contain some color enhancer but not enough to change a fish vividly.

It might be going back to the ident a birth defect which is only just showing up as the fish is possible but without a picture to really see it, then I can only speculate as to what the cause might be.

There is a slight possibility it could be a bacterial / fungal infection but that usually shows up as other symptoms prior to it causing an ident...I have to say that I am little stumped as to what it causing it.

If it really is behaving normal and eating as it normally did prior to the ident appearing then I would monitor it and see if anything changes...if something changes then start an aggressive treatment regime for a fungal / bacterial infection.

ReefTrooper 04-13-2012 02:14 AM

Good then i will continue with this diet :-) i will not add color enhancers and wasnt planning to .. thanks anyway for warning me :-) ok then ill just wait and see.. and will follow your advice :-) also i recently got a pond and i am planning to make it into a cichlid pond. i want the cichlids to breed in there so any suggestions are welcome..
it has 8 square feet of bottom space and is heavily decorated with rocks. i have created hundreds of caves.. and there are some floating plants in there to help with nitrates etc... what can i put in there so the babies can hide and have a maximum chance to survive?

the substrate is sand and some gravel and its about half an inch deep.. does this sound like a good habitat for cichlids? the pond is 150 gallons.

all the fish which grow to big for my tanks will go into the pond along with whichever species i wish to breed.... i will keep mostly mbuna.. i will post pics of the Fish with the indent and of the pond later :-) thanks again for all the help :-)

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