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01-31-2003, 05:42 PM
Ok I have cichlids and the one has had lil babys but she was holding them for a very long time and it was sudgested by a pet store owner to hold her upside down so she would release her babys before she starved to death. So thats what i did she released about 20 frys there all doing very well but the mother is acting very strang she keeps floating straight up and down and is just very disorented is this normal or is there anything i could do to help her ? :?:

02-01-2003, 12:16 AM
she sounds like maybe her swim bladder is damaged. i think that you just have to wait and see if she gets better.

02-01-2003, 04:34 PM
:( well she died last night

02-01-2003, 05:17 PM
:( :(

02-01-2003, 06:18 PM
That's pretty tough. :cry:

Just for future reference, I've never heard of a mbuna starving to death from holding babies. If they got that hungry they'd normally just eat the babies in their mouths. If you strip another female try holding her gently in a bucket of water, then prying her mouth open ( a pen cap works well). I stripped a yellow lab once at 5 weeks and she was fine afterwards. 5 weeks is a long time, usually it's between 3-4 weeks.

It did sound like a damaged swim bladder.

02-01-2003, 09:51 PM
[quote:ce3429e930="Jason0785"]:( well she died last night[/quote:ce3429e930]

very sorry to hear that. :(