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Not that I'm aware of...

I have seen them blow food out their gills and cause a bit of a cloud, but not actually vomit.

Unless you're witnessing some sort of "coughing" motion from the fish prior to seeing this, there's really no way to figure this one out.

The tank was pretty cloudy looking in the full tank shots you posted. Has that part settled down yet?
 

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The products they sell to clear water aren't worth taking home.

I'd watch my water parameters closely. You cycled this tank before adding the fish, didn't you? (I'm thinking you did, but can't remember what you did to cycle it...)
 

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I sprinkled flake food in the water for about 5 days, tested the water, and added 2 Ps. Acei that were getting beat up in another tank. They were in the tank for about 2 weeks before I added the Afras and have been doing fine. Everyone is eating and seem generally happy.
 

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Kim, if you are interested, I have uploaded short videos of the fish' behavior. Here are the links...

http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk71/brianmccord2001/?action=view&current=MOV03423.flv
This is a fish who does not look good at all.

http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk71/brianmccord2001/?action=view&current=MOV03424.flv
This video shows a fish with some sort of scale damage. Some of the females have the same thing. That is how they looked after I brought them home (1 hour ride)

http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk71/brianmccord2001/?action=view&current=MOV03425.flv
And this is a video of a lonely straggler that seems to spend all of her time here on this spot on the DIY background.

I hope they make it out ok.
 

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How long have you had them now?

They look really stressed. I don't blame you for being worried.

You can always expect it to take a few days for new fish to settle in, but with this being a fairly new tank, you never know what might be going on.

Is there a powerhead in the tank? They look like they are being bounced around a bit by water flow...If there is a powerhead, I would try turning it off (or down) for awhile and see if they behave more normally. If they aren't used to it and the flow is too much, that could stress them out a bit.

The scale damage looks pretty bad. They weren't this way when you bought them? It isn't cottony or fuzzy looking in person, is it? Were they bagged together? (For fish this size, I never bag two together to transport them...)

I'm just really hesitant to have you put any meds in the tank since it's so new.

Have you added any aquarium salt? That will aid in healing.
 

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Well, i just turned off my powerhead, and now they seem to be swimming blissfully. At first, it seemed they were enjoying swimming in the current...but I suppose that might get old. Kind of like jogging on a treadmill that wont stop :roll: My filter puts out a decent enough current (260 gph) in my little 30 gallon tank, I'll let it go a few days without the powerhead.

Kim, I have added cichlid salt, and have been dosing with Melafix for the fin and scale damage. Suppose I should give that a couple of more days.

And also Kim, I've only had them 6 days now, and they were already packaged up at the LFS. Around here, it is really difficult to get C. Afra, so when he said he had my breeding colony, I took them and ran. I have dealt with this guy before, and all of his fish have been top notch. I'm hoping to nurse these guys back to full health...the dominant male is incredible.

The scale damage is not cotton or fuzzy, and the males were in 2 separate bags, but all 10 females were bagged together. The females have the majority of the ragged fins and scale damage. The dominant male had a split tail, but that has already healed. The subdominant male has a little bit of fin damage, but he also is starting to heal.

Thank you Kim and quiksilver for all of your help so far.

-Brian
 

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I once had the bright idea to put a powerhead in a tank of adult breeders that I'd raised from little ones. I stressed those fish out so bad that it took me months to get the tank back in shape...One problem after another...

You may not need that at all in that size tank.

I think everything will be fine once you let them settle in well. Just watch your water parameters, keep the water pristine, and keep me posted! :thumb:
 

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You're sure it's not cloudy from the substrate? Was it cloudy before you added the fish? Before you turned the powerhead on?
 

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Did you cure out the background in water properly? (I've never done this, but I think you have to take some special steps to do it right...)

On the off chance that it is debris, here is what I would do...

First check the water parameters and make sure all is well.

Then, go to the automotive department of any large chain store or auto parts store. Pick up one of the microfiber car detailing cloths, and put it in your filter for a few hours. This will clear it up if it's debris.
 

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Could low O2 levels be part of my problem here? I noticed this morning after shutting down my powerhead, the fish started gathering towards the surface. I added an air disc, and they now are resuming their "normal" behavior. I have the output from the filter aimed at the surface, but it only agitates 1/2 the surface of the tank. Now with the bubble disc, there is a layer of bubbles on the surface popping.
 

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The Fluval should be putting plenty of oxygen in the water.

How long ago did you change that filter out?

How long ago did you add the sand? Was it there from the tank set up?
 

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I added the filter the Fluval has been in there since roughly June 1-3. The sand has been in there from the get go.

I didn't do a water change yesterday, tested my water today...and this is the results:

p.H. 7.6
Nitrate - 5 ppm
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Ammonia - 0 ppm

I added p.H. increaser and aquarium salt to raise my p.H. back to 8.0. It was 8.0 yesterday and dropped to 7.6 today.
 

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I wouldn't use the ph adjusters that the LFS sell. I've seen them cause more problems than anything else.

A ph of 7.6 is fine. A steady lower ph is better than your ph jumping all over the place.

In reality, for tank raised mbuna, anywhere from 7.0 - 8.0 is fine.

If you need to buffer the water, use the buffer recipe in the library to do it, and add the ingredients slowly until you obtain your desired ph. But the only reason I would do that is if you were buying wild fish straight from the lake.

I'm a little worried about that concrete background not being cured. I would pick up the microfiber cloth and add it to the filtration for a few hours.
 
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