My fish always get malawi bloat .. what can i do?
Hey, Im new with the african cichlids here so maybe someone with experiecne can help. I have a 75gal tank with 2 aqua clear 300's on it. I clean my tank once a week. I have 14 fish (only 6 are very large) I feed them spirulina once daily. My pH is 8.0 and not sure what the hardness is. I have crused coral on the bottom with a cave of green and red shale. No live plants. The tank is about 78 degrees. Heres my problem ... every once in a while i notice some of my fish are not eating, losing color, and hiding alot (some with this problem are by the heater) about 2 weeks later they all get bloat and most of the time die. Right now i have a Haplochromis Obliquedens with this problem. He is about 3 inches and a male. He just stopped eating yesterday. FOR SOMEONE WITH A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE ONLY : is it a good idea to do a 50 to 75% water change and get new gravel?
If you know anything about this or have even heard of it please let me know ... my bloat problem is getting out of control.
I love this. Everyone of my friends now has atleast 1 fish tank because of me. One of them has 2 huge tanks now and the other turned the spare room into the fish room. I figure if i cant fit any more tanks in my house, ill get my friends into it and they will get them.
Favorite fish: An unknown huge pink african cichlid