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Author Topic: What's wrong with my Bumblebee Cichlid  (Read 1598 times)
gwright74
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« on: May 30, 2012, 09:41:37 AM »

Hello, I have a female bumblebee cichlid that has started staying at the top of the water in the corner of my tank.  I've checked all of my parameters and everything is at 0.  None of my other fish are acting funny and I can't see any kind of ick or fungus on her.  She isn't eating that I can tell and she goes to the bottom at night to sleep.  I'm was going to try to upload a picture for better clarification but I don't know how sorry.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012, 10:32:43 AM »

There are a few things that we would need to know before we can answer your question.  Smiley

If your tank is cycled, everything cannot be at 0 for your water parameters.  A properly cycled tank should have readings of 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and some level of nitrate (10-20ppm maximum).  Recheck your readings and, when you do the nitrates, be sure to shake bottle #2 for at least 3 minutes.

Please give us your exact stocking (how many fish of each species is in there)  and how long has it been stocked?  Have you made any recent additions?  If so, did you quarantine the new fish?

Has this particular fish been in there a period of time?  If so, is this new behavior?  Or, is she a new addition?
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2012, 11:38:03 AM »

Ok I redid my parameters and my Ammonia is 0, Nitrite is 0 and nitrate is 5.  It's a 120 gallon and it has 30 various cichlids ranging from 1.5 in to about 3 in and a 5 in pleco.  My tank is cycled and no new fish have been introduced.  They have all been in this tank for about a month (moved from a couple of 55 gallons).  She began this about 2 days ago.  She seems to be healthy just has this odd behavior suddenly.  Hope this helps.
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2012, 11:55:05 AM »

I am going out on a limb here because I don't know exactly what species of cichlids you have in there.  There is a possibility that she may be being picked on by other fish.  She may be driven to that corner.  Watch the tank and see if any bullying is occuring.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012, 06:18:24 PM »

+1 to what Pat Mary said.   Bumblebee Cichlid is the trade name for Pseudotropheus Crabro which is a Malawi mbuna.  Whenever I have seen a mbuna act like this it has been because they are being harassed by another more dominant fish (often a male).
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2012, 07:52:09 PM »

+1
Fish,particularly mbuna in the upper corners of the tank are usually due to being past the point of being able to cope with thier tankmates.
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2012, 09:08:19 PM »

+2 on that one. 
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