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Need some help please identifying what caused the death of my Juvenile tropheus moori please
I have a 55 gallon tank with mostly all females consisting of an auratus, bumblebee, socolofi,yellow lab, 5 demasoni, polit, cynotilapia msobo, tiny babies, and then my poor moori So 5 days ago, I switched my substrate from rocks to play sand (rinsed good) So 3 days ago I noticed my moori was acting a tad different, he had sand on his body and on his eye, which was weird that he wasnt real bothered by it; the next day I noticed he was not eating, and was moving slower and just kinda hangin at the bottom of the tank. So that was Friday, decided to move him to a divided 10 gallon.
I assumed the sand was causing gill irritation; tried doing some research on that, but could not really find any info. He still was not eating, but was moving around more, plus he had no other visible signs of injury or sickness.
That Saturday we left early morning, went camping came back Sunday morning to find my poor moori dead. I am so bummed. I watch my fish pretty well, and cannot believe this happened. I guess what Im trying to say is that I never thought he looked like he was that sick or bothered to just die that quickly. I also know bloat is common in these mooris, but there was no other visible signs of any sickness.
All my other fish are acting normal,(I do 2 small water changes weekly) water parameters were 0 ammonia, 8 PH and nitrates were a little high at 40, so I am just wondering if somebody knows basicly if sand can irritate a fish enough to cause death;or are mooris that sensitive to higher nitrates, should i have removed my fish when adding the sand, or maybe if it was bloat, would a fish die with no visible signs. I am so stumped and so bummed, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you (posted also in illness and health)
 

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I have sand with my tropheus so I doubt that is it.
I don't let my nitrates get above 10 so maybe it is something to do with that but I cannot say for sure.
Maybe he did not like all of the other species of fish you have?
 

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Hello and thank you. I have sand now in 3 of my tanks, and have never had a problem either, but I also have had the sand in the tank before I put the fish in. My little moori seemed to get along fine with all my other fish, no aggression issues with any of them. I was also quite surprised at my nitrates also, so I would feel horrible if that was it.
 
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