Originally Posted by lynchmob
no over 2 weeks. still too quick i know.
what can i do to help the fish through????
Within the next 2 weeks i see another 8-10 dead. Why? Because the water did not have time to cycle.
What you can do is minimize damage by taking those fish to a friend that has a good aquarium for it or back to the shop and let your aquarium do it's cycle. Water changes will do 0 help unless the water has been dechlorinated, actually it will do more harm than good by killing the bacteria that did manage to form in those very short weeks.
You never add 16 cichlids at once, they produce way to much dirt! They eat a lot and what goes in must come out!
You also forgot to mention what size the tank is, what the other water parameters are, what filter you use, what temperature does the water have, is it planted or not, do you use fertilizers, etc.
The itch can be cured by turning the heat up to 30 degrees celsius for about... 5-7 days, that's how i always got it away from the fish.
Also STOP the stick thing! you are not helping. When you are sick and feeling bad do you enjoy someone pushing you with a stick just to make you move? No.
And don't feed to much, lots of food = lots of dirt = bad water.