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1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Lars23 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:46 am

I have one peacock that wont eat as of yesterday. Should i be worried?
He has always ate before.
Can aquarium salt and upping my temp help with any issues he might be having? He has no white spots on him and is not bloated.
Also am i getting to worried to fast should i see if he will eat today or next few days before taking action?
I dont have a quarantine tank.
Water tested last night and all is well with zero nitrites,ammonia and 10ppm nitrates,ph 8-8.2
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Deeda » Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:54 am

Why and how much salt did you add? Is it sodium chloride or Epsom salt?

What was your temperature before you raised it and what is it now? Why did you raise it?
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Lars23 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:21 am

Deeda wrote:Why and how much salt did you add? Is it sodium chloride or Epsom salt?

What was your temperature before you raised it and what is it now? Why did you raise it?

No salt added yet current temp 80-81 degrees.
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Lars23 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:22 am

I have aquarium salt on hand.
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Deeda » Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:39 am

Sorry about that, I thought you had already made the changes.

I would not add any salt and would keep the temperature between 76F and 78F.

Not all fish eat every day so just watch that he eats in a couple days. Fish can go up to a week without eating without problems. Is this the same fish you had problems with before?
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Lars23 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:43 pm

Deeda wrote:Sorry about that, I thought you had already made the changes.

I would not add any salt and would keep the temperature between 76F and 78F.

Not all fish eat every day so just watch that he eats in a couple days. Fish can go up to a week without eating without problems. Is this the same fish you had problems with before?


No the otger fish was just a juvenile hiding out. He is doing great.
This is my second to largest male.
Ugly as #%$& but i still like him dont want him to have any problems that i could fix. I will watch him eat and see what happens. If its not eating by tomorrow evening ill chime back in and see what my options are. Thanks for the replies.
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Lars23 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:30 pm

Do the eggs peacock cichlids hold always look yellow?
This fish appears to have something blackish grey in its mouth and it will sit there and move it around from time to time.
I should have said earlier in this post that he/she would go up to some pieces of food but wouldn't grab it where usually it going crazy chasing bits of food with the others. Can a female have big fins with color and egg spots grey black body?
Now that i recall when i got this fish it had a nice gut fat almost but not bloated and it went away after about a week of putting it in my tank.
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Deeda » Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:40 pm

The eggs are usually light colored, could it be a piece of gravel?

Any chance you can post a pic of the fish? Female Aulonocara don't normally have a lot of color, more silvery in color.
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Lars23 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:48 pm

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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Deeda » Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:09 pm

Your link doesn't work for me.

You will have to use a photo hosting website to upload pics usually. It is possible to use the Full Editor, scroll below to Upload attachment and Browse your device, choose the pic, Add the file and then post a pic.
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby DJRansome » Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:10 pm

When the fry are developed in the mother's mouth they can look black, whether from eye color or pigment.
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Lars23 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:36 pm

Deeda wrote:Your link doesn't work for me.

You will have to use a photo hosting website to upload pics usually. It is possible to use the Full Editor, scroll below to Upload attachment and Browse your device, choose the pic, Add the file and then post a pic.


http://imgur.com/a/08jRCmb
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Lars23 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:38 pm

http://imgur.com/a/08jRCmb

I think this will work.
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Deeda » Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:46 pm

Congrats, your pic worked!!

Unfortunately it's not clear enough to see what is in its mouth.
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Re: 1 peacock wont eat! What to do?

Postby Lars23 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:03 pm

Deeda wrote:Congrats, your pic worked!!

Unfortunately it's not clear enough to see what is in its mouth.


Do you think thats a female?
It didn't eat tonight again.
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