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60 gallon with about 30 mbuna. All are 2 years old. I feed them north fin veggie 1 mm pellets since I got them. I feed them 1x a day. 50% WC every week with gravel vac. I have 2 Fluval 406 running. Water parameters are perfect. I add 1/4 teaspoon of safe with every water change. I didn't even see much aggression.
Over the past month I have noticed sunken belly with great appetite. I noticed the deaths only happen at night.
I've even increased the amount of feeding. I have not added any new fish in over a year. Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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Sounds like too many fish for a 60G, what are the dimensions of the tank and what is your stock list.
 

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PH is 7.8, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20 tops.
Tank is 48" wide x 30" high x 12" deep.
Here's my current stock list.
1: (M) Kenyi
5: (2M, 3F) Yellow Labs
5: (2M, 3F) Cobalt Blue Zebra
1: (1M) Mangano
3: (1M, 2F) Orange Blotched
1: (1F) Nkhata Bay Afra
1: (2F) Labeotropheus trewavasae (Chilumba) Ochre
3: 1M, 2F) Labidochromis sp. Mbamba
1: (1M) Metriaclima greshakeis, Ice Blue Cichlids
 

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Do they all have sunken bellies or is it worse on the less dominant fish?
 

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There is no doubt that I would treat for internal parasites both in the water column and in food.

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How do you think they get parasites with adding any new fish in over a year?
 

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If they were not eating I would say that organisms that live in their gut all along begin to multiply when stress makes them susceptible to illness.
 

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I would treat with Kanaplex. Same as metro except it can be absorbed through the body. ie: in the water column.
 

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Sorry to revive an old thread, but I'm wondering what the outcome was...did you find a solution? I haven't had any deaths yet, thankfully, but noticed the sunken stomach on 3 of my yellow labs. No new fish have been introduced recently, so I'm not sure how a parasite or such would have got introduced.
 
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