Hey guys, I could really use your advice here. My ex bf bought some African cichlids and put them in with my parrot cichlids. I know you're not supposed to mix African and South American, but he didn't want to get rid of them. The plan was to get a new tank for them, but I dumped him and now I'm left to take care of them (I was the only one who did anyway). There were two aggressive ones with stripes and a Jeweled. I ended up giving the striped ones to the local pet store, and kept the Jeweled since it's parameters are in line with the parrot's. Now I think it's eating the parrot cichlids alive. I never see it being aggressive towards them, in fact it's usually the larger parrot who picks on him. I removed the juvenile parrot and put him into my 10 gallon hospital tank with aq salt thinking it was either fin rot, or just being eaten at. Either way I hoped this would give him time to heal. Now the larger parrot is missing chunks of tail. Do I need to just re-home the jeweled? Or is this fin rot? The Jeweled has no symptoms.
1. Size of tank? 46 gal
2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia? 0
b. Nitrite? 0
c. Nitrate? 5
d. pH, KH and GH? 7.6-7.8
e. Test kit? API
3. Temperature? 80 degrees
4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)? FW
5. How long the aquarium has been set up? two months maybe.
6. What fish do you have? 2 blood parrot cichlids, one Jeweled cichlid, and about 10 spiral horned nerite snails.
How many are in your tank? 3
How big are they? 3-4 inches, 3-4 inches, and 1-2 inches (depending if you count fins)
How long have you had them? about a month and a half
7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)? small parrot is in hospital tank
8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants? 2 amazon swords, 2 aponogeten, and a couple bunches of hornwort
b. Sand, gravel, bare bottom? sand and small smooth stones
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors? a cave, 3 birtch logs, 1 pc mopani driftwood, and 1 pc malasian driftwood (all wood aside from the malasian are covered in fuzz)
9. a. Filtration? Marineland emperor
b. Heater? two
10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used? t-8 6500 during daylight hours
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long? maybe 6 hours
11. a. Water change schedule? weekly
b. Volume of water changed? 10-20%
c. Well water, tap water, RO water? tap
d. Water conditioner used? Prime
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed? at water change
12. Foods? tropical flakes and bloodworms
How often are they fed? once daily
13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms? fins "eaten" away, split gills on picked on juvenile
b. Appearance of poop? brown, normal
c. Appearance of gills? normal on all but juvenile. they seem to be torn, or split.
14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? yes, juvenile is in salted hospital tank
b. What meds were used? small amounts of pimafix and melafix
15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.