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I have a 55 gallon tank with about fifteen demasoni cichlids. One of these stopped eating about three weeks ago. It would hide and come out only on occasion. I thought maybe it was carrying eggs in its mouth. Today it was acting the same until this evening when it first laid on a rock for abt 20 minutes, the swam around the whole tank in a weird way...it swam as if it were lazy or drunk...obviously I'm just using those terms to describe what it best looked like. It let the bubbles carry it up and then slowly came down a few times. After a short rest it started swimming and jerking and twisting and even ran into things...only to fall to the floor of the tank and sit there lifeless. Did I just witness the horrific death of this fish when I was hoping for fry? Help a guy out.
 

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:!: What other SPECIES of fish are in the tank? (This helps identify potential aggression or overstocking problems.)

:!: How long has it been set up? Is it CYCLED? (This can rule out cycling issues.)

:!: What are your water parameters: Temperature, ammonia (NH3/4), nitrite (NO2), pH, GH, KH and nitrate (NO3)? It's not sufficient to say that your water tests "okay" or "fine." Sometimes a misunderstanding about WATER CHEMISTRY requirements is the root of the problem. If you don't have TEST KITS, you should purchase them. In the meantime, your local fish store will probably test your water for you -- just be sure to get the actual results rather than just a "thumbs up".

:!: How long have you had the fish and what symptoms do they have? What do you FEED them? Have you introduced any new fish recently? What is your MAINTENANCE schedule, and what product/s (if any) do you use to neutralize chlorine or chloramines in your TAP WATER? (This helps to determine if a new disease has been introduced to the tank or if it's some kind of husbandry problem.)
 
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