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I'm new to the cichlid world, but I've been researching aquarium care and have a 60 gallon tank with various species of male and female cichlids.

About three weeks ago, I noticed one of my female yellow labs (about 2 inches long) stopped eating and I suspected that she might be holding. I moved her to a separate tank and have been monitoring her, but I don't see any signs of fry in her mouth. She doesn't appear bloated or sick, there are no other fish in her tank (so aggression is not an issue), but still refuses to eat and is getting weak and lethargic.

How can I tell if she's holding or sick? And what can I do to help/treat her?
 

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Net her and pry open her mouth to see if there are eggs or fry in her mouth.

If not, what do the feces look like? Thick and food colored? Or thready and white or clear?
 

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Thank you for your reply.
I just found the fish dead... Any clue on what was the possible culprit? a parasite? The fish had a good appearance.
I have 20 healthy looking cichlids on the tank I took this fish from. Any recommendations?
 

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Watch the feces of the other fish and watch them eat every time you feed. Thick and food colored is healthy. If it is bloat it may be a month before anything else happens...so be vigilant in observing.
 
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