I have a 29gal with 6 assorted cichlids in it. About a month ago one of them wasn't lookin too good and wasn't eating. It's gill looked irritated so I started dropping Maracyn and/or Maracyn-Two in. 2 weeks later, I came home from work and it finally started eating and was very suddenly back to life. I found it strange but didn't think too much about it.
Shortly after, I was doing a water change and decided to move some of the slate around. I pulled some away, and there were 3-5 fry hiding underneath it. They quickly became a nice treat for the rest of the tank... but I finally understood why the fish had looked so bad for 2 weeks and quickly recovered.
I've never had a breeding pair before so I'm kinda winging it. The same cichlid (I'm assuming the female) became very aggressive this weekend, and was hovering around the bubble wall as it did last time. I decided to move it to a 10gal I had bought in hopes of breeding.
My concern now is that since I had moved the "female", I've lost one fish (it freaked out, did a couple sudden laps, then dead), the "male" counterpart seems stressed and fidgity, and I have 1 other fish hovering around the heater. The quarantined cichlid seems to be doing ok (Doesn't like me anymore though)... Its the other tank I'm worried about. I tested the water in both tanks. 29gal is as it has been since I started it; the 10 gal had the start of some ammonia (which I expected as there is no gravel) so I did about a 30% water change.
Am I paranoid or is their cause for concern?