Most of my Cichlids are laying on the bottom of the tank until I walk up to them.
This started happening about a month ago.
They lay on the rock decor and on the bottom of the tank. It's like they are to tired to swim.
I have a 3 year old Peacock that just lays on its side actually over a rock.
Some of the other fish lay on the bottom, but upright.
Five of the fish act normal, suspended and moving just as always.
The average fish loss since I noticed this is about 1 a week.
I appears that the fish gets very slinder in the belly region, like starvation, which seems to lead to the others picking the fins.
I am at a loss at the moment, so I joined this forum for help.
This is where I will get trashed, but I want to be honest.
I do not have a water test kit. Back in the day, I had a problem with ph levels, but since the move, that is no longer a problem.
The only problems I have had in the last 9 years with aquariums was over filtration in a regular tropical tank, 20 high with one undergravel filter and 2 15 gallon hang in filters. With that setup I could not even support life of a Pleco for more than 2 weeks. (My first tank) Although it could have been the ph also.
1.5 years ago, my 65 gallon cichild tank, the fish got white stuff around thier mouth which led to a major tank die off. Saved 4 and 7 babies with a complete tank teardown.
I could take a water sample to the nearest pet shop (quite a ways), but I thought I would see what pops here first.
I have read a few threads here already and it appears the first questions are "how many fish, tank size, species and etc.)
Tank history: Same tank, 4 years ago I had: Peacock, Black Convict, Yellow Lab and a light golden colored fish.
Of course, these fish tend to bread like mad, so I ended up with a bunch of crossbreads.
Here is what I have now.
45 gallon bow
13 cichlids (1 Peacock, a few of a light golden color fish, a few Yellow Lab Peacock mix, a couple of Black Convicts which I'm sure are crossbread with something else and a Pleco.
Hagen Aqua Clear 300 (added 1.5 years ago) (filter upgrade)
Penguin 660 Power Head (for circulation) (added 8 months ago) (upgrade from a smaller unit which I added 1.1 years ago)
One air stone. (always had)
50/50 crushed coral and seashells (always had and used)
I have always feed them Ocean Nutrition Cichlid Omni Formula with an occational Tetra Color Cichlid Sticks and OSI Shrimp Pellets as a treat.
I know I don't give these aquariums all the testing they need and I should probably get of the hobby, but please help me and my fish.