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everytime my malawis died on me, i realise the same symptoms such as hiding in a corner, lethargic breathing or also staying near the surface before finally dying after a few hrs. is there anyway to save fishes that show these symptoms?? :(
 

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How often are you losing fish?

How long has the tank been set up?

What size tank is it and what is the stock list?

Did these fish go through the cycling of the tank?

What are your water parameters?

There are alot of factors that can weigh in here, and we are going to need alot more information in order to help.

Stress can play a huge part in fish health, and there are many different things that could be going on.

Let's get the answers to the above questions and see if we can determine what is going on...

Any white stringy feces? Are they eating up until death? Any bloating or emaciation?

Kim
 

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the only time i lost fish in the tank is when i add in new ones and those weak ones which i just added in will not make it. the tank has been setup for close to 2 years and recently when i checked the water parameters, they were in the safe region. all my other fishes were perfectly fine, still rushing for food every feeding time. oh and its a 3ft tank with 25 malawis inside. 11 of which are 3-4 inches while the rest are juvenile.
 

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You're going to be really limited as to what Malawians you can put in a 3 ft tank, so since your losses consist of mostly new fish, I would bet on aggression being the problem in your tank. You can't rule out illness, though, because severe stress will cause the fish to be sick. Bloat is often a result of this.

Do you know what species you have in the tank? It's going to be very important in helping you make some decisions as to what you can keep and what you need to re-home.

If you don't know what you've got, post pics in the unidentified section and find out, or browse the profile section and id them.

New fish aren't overly welcome in an established tank with aggressive fish. Adding one at a time can be a death sentence. A 3 ft tank doesn't provide enough territories and space to be divided amongst the fish, and it can quickly turn into a blood bath.

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i have 4 adult red zebra, 4 adult albino socolofi, 2 milomos, 1 aulocanara and also an adult albino red zebra, 4 peacocks and the rest are all juveniles. from what i know all these are non-aggressive fishes and i've nv seen them fight before.
 

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i have 4 adult red zebra, 4 adult albino socolofi, 2 milomos, 1 aulocanara and also an adult albino red zebra, 4 peacocks and the rest are all juveniles. from what i know all these are non-aggressive fishes and i've nv seen them fight before.
Zebras are among the most aggressive mbuna, as are the socolofi.

The peacocks aren't going to fare very well stress wise in that tank long term.

As they all mature, it's going to get worse.

Dwarf mbuna or a single species tank would be about the only way to go with a 3 footer.

Kim
 
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