|05-30-2019, 11:28 AM||#1|
Help! African cichlids keep dying
2small hab and peacock with few blue botia
I woke up yesterday found my African stressed, but loach doing just fine.
Cycleed tank. 120g power by fx6 and 20g sump
With crushed coral to buffer the ph
Tank is set up for water change 5gallon every 3hour, water is drawn from a water reservoir, preheated and treated
I checked water ph8.0 ammonia between 0~0.25
Water temp 81.5. Water changed 50% after the water test. They are still dying.
I got some stress guard seem like wasn’t doing much.
Help I am half way down!!
|05-30-2019, 11:52 AM||#2|
I also have one the fx6 outlet pointing upward. There is good surface agitation.
The reason why the ammonia is higher the usual is because. most of these fish are just introduced in the tank for about a week. I am dosing seachem stability. There was about 15 peacock.
They are all juvenile no lager then 4”
|05-30-2019, 01:09 PM||#3|
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Markham/Scarborough (Home=Kawartha's)
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If they were all introduced at the same time, recently; the tank could be struggling to keep up with the bioload while the bacteria populate enough that to handle it? Unless they've been in there a while now and this just started out of the blue.
So a 120g tank, powered by an FX6 canister and a 20g sump,
PH8.2 but curious what your hardness and alkalinity are
How long has the tank been running?
List of inhabitants?
When each was introduced?
Any new aquarium decor?
I would continue with the 50% WC daily with aged/dechlorinated water, treated with conditioner and hopefully the community can help you remedy this problem, in the meantime try to give as much information as you can, too much even; as noted in the stickies.
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|05-30-2019, 01:40 PM||#4|
Thanks for the reply, here is the slightly more detail version of the tank info
Used to be around 17 peacocks, now at 5
peacocks, 2 had, 3 blue botia, 1 feather fin cat.
Added about 10 fish a week ago(totaled around 21 inhabitants) mostly peacock range from 2-3 inch
Tanks been running for 2 month now, it used to host 6 mid size bichir and 10inch Oscar, with the cat and botia, then I took them out fine tune the water parameters to fit the African cichlids then after 2days everything checked out I put in the cichlids.
The first few day they were doing ok then I slowly added more. Check water parameters daily. And I also dose seachem stability daily to help out
Water change are scheduled Automatic changed, sourced from heated and treated(seachem prime)
No new decor
Symptoms consist breathing heavily, some stay at top some at bottom not moving much, not eating. similar to an ammonia burn, but as far as I can tell .25 isn't that deadly especially with the amount of water exchanging through auto water change
Since yesterday I up the auto water change to 5 gallons per hour. Still my cichlids are dying
I am going to grab a kit to test Hardness and alkalinity level, don't have the tools on hand atm
Nitrite n nitrate n pics, I will test n send them once I get home.
|05-30-2019, 09:41 PM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Feedback Score: (6)
Were they eating well in your tank? What were you feeding them? One or a few may carry parasite and spread to others you may have to medicate them with metro. I wouldnt do that much water change with peacock twice a week you may have had disturb the bacteria equilibrium. I always have good luck with adding sponge filter with air pump in addition to hob or cannister they don’t look so great but good results. Lastly do you have substrate what kind how old and how thick?
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