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Just an observation,

I have a male red zebra named "Big Moe". He has been the the top brass in the tank for about 6 months. (Hes the red in my avatar)

Recently he has been reclusive in his own cave that he has, only coming out on occasion, to break up a disagreement between other mbunas, or to chase away any intruders.

every time I feed, he comes out and takes in a pellet, then spits it out. its like he wants to eat, but is really uninterested.

I dont see any stringy feces, as would be the signs for bloat, this has been going on for like a month. And I havent used any medication on him, so I would think if it was bloat, he would be dead by now. The only other thing that I think may be the problem, is I have a male kenyi that is coming into his own and is getting very aggressive. kinda staking his claim to the tank.
I havent noticed any confrontations between big moe and the kenyi, as i have been closley observing for many weeks now, but who knows.

here is a list of my stock in an 80 gallon bow front: 1 esterae, (big moe) 4 cobalts, 3 albino socolofis,1 regular socolofi, 2 male kenyis, 6 labs, 2 auratus (male female), plus 2 auratus fry , somewhere in the rocks, 1 male crabro, 15 demasonis, 2 electric blue haps (fryeri) and one faithful pleco. I know its a volatile mix, and im down sizing to prevent cross breeding,and agrresion problems. but the LFS over here in Bermuda has very limited space for returns so im waiting patiently. I do water changes once a week, at least 50%, nitrates low, zero nitrite, zero ammonia. Never had a problem with disease.

Sorry for the long post, but I had to include much detail to get an idea of whats going on.
Can anyone help me?
 

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It may just be the dynamics of the tank and the stock list. As they mature, it will become more volatile.

But, don't rule out bloat. If he isn't eating and is spitting food, something is definitely wrong. And it's not unheard of for fish to linger for weeks with bloat...Stress seems to be the main trigger for it.

All the other fish are eating okay and behaving normally?
 

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Question. Did you recently introduce new food? I've experienced this same behavior when I started feeding a new kind of flake to give it a try. Some of the fish ate it the same, others exhibitied the same behavior you described. After a few days, they all ate it fine.

If it's not new food - as stated above, don't rule out bloat.
 

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Briannflint - dont know what I intend on keeping. i like them all. but im leaning towards the cobalts, dems, labs, and albinos.

cichlidholic - All fish are eating well, and behaving normally.

igetbombed - yeah I recently introduced a new pellet. and he refuses it, yet refuses the one hes used to.
 
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