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I have, well had 2 medium size cichlids (one orangish, and one blue and black, almost purplish, sorry i don’t know the species name.) in a 30 gallon tank(i know, I was looking for another tank for one of them.) with a great filter, water changes regularly and feed normal. At first the orange fish seemed to lose its site and run into stuff, after 3 water changes it was back to normal. How ever the blueish fish started to act very crazy and run into things at a high speed and just tear its self up. I put melafix in the tank which helped it until two days ago when the fish was laying on its side on the bottom of the tank and trying to move but couldn’t. That fish died less than 4 hours later. Now the orange fish is showing the exact behavior but when I got home today it too was in the same spot on its side on the bottom. Is there anything I can do to save it or am I too late? What could cause this?

Thanks in advance for the information and for reading.
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Sorry you lost your fish.

I don't know what killed them. Where there were some improvement for the orange fish after water changes it may have been partialy due to poor water quality. In a 30 gallon tank water quality will go down hill much quicker than in a larger tank. The major factor in keeping water quality where it should be is weekly partial water changes.

The white coloring around the fish's mouth may indicate some kind of bacterial infection although you can't really determine too much by a fish's color after death. Their bodies break down really quick.

Just having only two cichlids in ANY size tank, but especially in a small one, sets you up for problems with aggression so while aggression may not have killed either of them outright the stress would have set them up for other problems.

My advise: hold onto this 30 gallon to use a quarantine/hospital/fry tank and get a much larger tank. (Minimum: 55 gallon) You'll be able to have more fish and they'll be much easier to take care of.

Again, sorry you lost the fish. Best of luck in setting up a new tank.

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