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i had this 4 inch nimbochromis livingstoni for close to a year and a half, and when i got back from work today, i realise he's not his usual self, he seem to be hiding and also opening and closing his mouth slowly at a slow rate. after an hour when i when to look at it again, his body was upside down and having difficulty breathing. i knew i couldnt save it and i did not want it to suffer in a isolation tank, so i had to end it's misery.

but im left with lots of questions on how could a healthy fish who have nv succumb to any illness before just died on me?? it was a peaceful fish and had no aggession with my other malawis. all my other fishes were healthy and swimming freely. im suspecting whether it could be due to the sudden increase in temp as the weather in my country now is quite humid and my water temp was close to 33 for the past few weeks. can someone pls clear my doubts?! :(
 

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After a year and a half, he should have been completely full size (9-10) inches. Most Haps reach full size by about a year. I sounds like he has some developemental issues or genetic defects that may have just finally caught up with him. If none of your other fish showed any signs of illness or discomfort, its likely nothing you did (or didn't do).

Sorry for your loss.
 

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maybe he was inside a 3 feet tank all these while that's why he didnt grow to full size, but im sad losing it after having it for so long. :(
 

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maybe he was inside a 3 feet tank all these while that's why he didnt grow to full size, but im sad losing it after having it for so long. :(
Unfortunately, the whole thing about fish only growing to fit the tank is a myth (for the most part). In a tank that is too small to accomodate a fish, the stunted growth is due to a continuous level of very poor water quality.
 

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im quite certain its not due to the water parameters as i did a check and the parameters were at the safe region. also i do WC twice every week.
 
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