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not sure I can help this Cyprichromis but...

PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:49 pm
by naturlvr
4 Cyprichromis Leptosoma Kitumba were sent via mail to me when it was unusually hot. To really add problems..the mailman delivered it to the wrong place. And on top of that, the place that sent them did not pack them well. When I finally got them (the next day after the day they were to arrive) I was shocked when I opened the box and saw that they were pretty large (one was 5 inches long) and they were in a small amount of water, looking like sardines in a can. This was about 2 months ago when I was populating my tanks.
Two of them looked sort of OK but the largest one stayed on the bottom of the tank for over a month , barely moving, and miraculously has been coming around after losing a couple of inches and now eating. Two of them died and besides the large one who lost weight but doing well...the other one that lived is sunken in in his belly because he is not eating. Also he doesn't swim right and sort of floats around with the current. He can move his fins but he appears to have trouble going where he wants to go. He is still alive but it is like I am watching him slowly waste to nothing. Is there anything I can do for him? BTW this place I ordered from, I will never use them again after one experience with them. They also look nothing like blue or yellow..not sure what they really sent me and charged a high price but that no longer matters.
If you have any suggestions about why he is acting this way and what I can do...I am all ears. I would like to send a video of him "swimming" but I can't seem to upload videos. Here is his pic.

Re: not sure I can help this Cyprichromis but...

PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:23 am
by naturlvr
Time is helping my little guy..he is swimming better..not perfect but better and trying to go after food.

Re: not sure I can help this Cyprichromis but...

PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:21 am
by noddy
Good to hear that he's doing better. Cyps don't usually come back once they start to waste. It may be possible that he came in with an internal parasite.
If you google "Cyprichromis wasting disease" you will find that it is quite a common illness. I myself have been keeping cyps for over 20 years and have dealt with it a couple of times. I currently have two cyp. coloratus that started out as a group of 12. Thankfully before the last females died they gave me 24 babies to grow out. So far, so good.
Even with the babies you can usually tell which ones might not make it to adulthood by how skinny they are. Good luck with your little guy.

Re: not sure I can help this Cyprichromis but...

PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:27 am
by DJRansome
I've never had this with my cyps. I wish someone could figure out why some have the issue and some don't, because it IS common. I have a well and no dechlorinator...maybe this could be a factor?

Re: not sure I can help this Cyprichromis but...

PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:49 am
by noddy
DJRansome wrote:I've never had this with my cyps. I wish someone could figure out why some have the issue and some don't, because it IS common. I have a well and no dechlorinator...maybe this could be a factor?


I really don't know what it is DJ. It has happened to me with Jumbo Coloratus and Micro kirizas but never had an issue with Utinta, Pavo or jumbo blue orchid.
Always in the same tank (210g) with the same filtration, water changes etc.

Re: not sure I can help this Cyprichromis but...

PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:07 am
by DJRansome
Maybe that is it...I kept the utinta types.

Re: not sure I can help this Cyprichromis but...

PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:45 am
by Furcifer
It's usually related with iodine deficiency . You should add iodine with water changes. It effects quickly.
Reeflowers Potassium Iodide is one of those products.