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We have a 75 tank with African cichlids. Around 15 plus 2 pleco. Over the last month so we have lost a couple fish and now there is another one looking sluggish. Sits down on the bottom or is up with month at the surface. The ones that died had some of the same symptoms and just sort of fade. There is a good deal of bullying going on in the tank. Water quality is good. We feed them twice a day with Cichlid pellets and some flake food. No signs of bloating. For a while some of them were breeding but that has stopped. Any suggestions?

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Sounds water quality related. You say water is good, can you be more specific? 15 Africans and 2 plecos may equal a massive bioload in 75g, depending on species and size of fish. 2 common plecos of average size can kill 75g of water by themselves in less than a week. Is filtration adequate? What do you do for regular water changes? Feeding twice a day may not be necessary, and may also be contributing to decaying water quality.
 

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Have a large Fluval filter going. Maybe I need to do water changes more often, right now it is once a week. Read someplace that bullying in cichlids can be food related that's way 2 feedings per day. Will try feeding less and more water changes. thanks for the input
 

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Bullying leads to sick fish. Once a fish is stressed it's immune system weakens and allows illnesses to take over. Water quality could be an issue too. Can you post your water stats and a stock list of what you have?
 

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A fish with bloat is not necessarily or even often bloated. It's typical for bloat to take one fish every so often. What do the feces look like? James1983 is right.
 
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