View Full Version : About to buy some Cichlids, what happened to their stomach?

08-14-2013, 08:30 PM
Hey everyone, my tank is almost cycled, so I went around just browsing LFS for some Saulosi's and other Cichlids. A common thing I see in some of these fish is that their stomach area looks rather weird. It's in the picture below and a red arrow is pointed at the area. What's causing this dip in that area of their body? Are they not fed enough or is there some kind of health hazard (the fish just under the circled one has the same thing)? Thanks

Also, when I do go fish shopping, what are some good signs that the fish is very healthy? Full color, regular body shape, and very active?


08-20-2013, 08:00 AM
Those are hungry fish, resonable regular feeding will have them back in shape again.