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Author Topic: Sick Convict Cichlid  (Read 1659 times)
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« on: March 30, 2016, 06:46:45 PM »

Thanks for all the help I have gotten from the kind members of these forums!

For my dilemma (I hate to keep posting with tank problems), I have a 20 gallon tank with a breeding pair of convicts. They have about a dozen fry in there (I am in the process of rehoming the fry).

Water parameters:
Ammonia: 0
Nitrate: <5mg/l

Yesterday I noticed one of the fry swimming oddly, swimming on its side and floating up and down, I went to go get a net and when I came back I could no longer spot it. All other inhabitants seemed fine. Today I come home and the male is barely moving, one of his eyes has a white spot and his fins look torn. He is staying on the bottom and as he swims his belly is bumping along the bottom. As he rests on the bottom he seems to be tilting to the side. I immediately did a 50% water change in the tank and placed a divider in there. The male seemed healthy yesterday. Should I remove the male? Should he be euthanized? Or should I let him be and see if he recovers? I am unsure of he is sick or if the female convict beat him up. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2016, 07:40:51 PM »

Sorry I forgot to add:
Filtration:2 HOB filters running poly floss and seachem biomax

How long has your tank been set up:3 years

Using a liquid reagent test kit, please provide the following:




Décor/Live or fake plants: java fern and lots of algae

Maintenance (water changes-how much, how often, vacuum, etc): weekly 20-25% water changes and gravel vac


Who lives in your tank? Convict Cichlids and 1 nerite snail

What symptoms are being exhibited and when did they start: see original post
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2016, 09:58:26 PM »

Your initial description is indicative of a bacterial infection. I think it may be time for a hospital tank set up. Frayed fins may represent something else, like an jury from an aggressive mate, but the cloudy eye(s) could be from Myxobacterium.

Is the area surrounding the eye(s) white?

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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2016, 05:58:25 PM »

The area surrounding the eye is not white, it is as if there is a white spot in the middle of the eye. He has lost color and seems to lack coordination. Should I be trying to treat him with something or should I keep up with water changes and hope he gets better? Also should I worry about the rest of the fish in the tank? I am about to do a second 50% water change on the tank.
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