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Post by victoria on Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:02 pm

hi my name is victoria i just came across this forum unfortunately my first post is one of concern.

one of my wild male met zebra "manda" didnt eat today, he took in a bit of food then spat it out & went back in his cave, he ate & was acting normal yesterday.

i have been watching him closely all day , he is staying in his cave which is on the bottom of the tank in between 2 rocks.

he is in full colour & not gasping but doing occasional what i would describe as maybe burping!

he is almost sitting on the sand & no & again swims around the rocks to go back to his original spot.

as far as i can see he isnt being bullied at all.

he has been in my tank for approx 5 weeks & i quaratined him for 1 week prior to that.

my water stats are

ph 8.0
ammonia 0
nitrite 0
nitrate 50ppm

i have high nitrate out of my tap & have a nitate removal canister on order which i plan to put in 1 housing if a hma filter.

all other fish are eating & acting as normal.

shall i remove him to qt, any treatment?

any advise on what to do is appreciated,

i have had fish with similar symptoms on a previous occasion around 6 months ago accept they were gasping & had stringy feaces which the manda does not have either of those 2 symptoms.

all of these fish subsequently died in qt & frustratingly i never got to the bottom of what was causing it.
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Post by vman on Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:26 pm

I treat all wild rift lake fish with metronidazole for 3 days . here's an article on bloat http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/malawi_bloat.php
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Post by Aura on Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:44 pm

I don't have much experience in treating disease, but the not eating always worries me and if it's not a female holding, bloat is what comes to mind. I think I would put the fish in the quarantine tank and start some form of treatment. If you've had fish die from this before, I'd try that Metro treatment.

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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:58 pm

Hi Victoria, welcome to RLC!!!

Any updates today? Hopefully he was just being shy. Keep us posted Wink

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Re: wild mbuna not eating, hiding

Post by theswede on Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:12 pm

Hi Vic and welcome to RLC Very Happy!
Always very hard to do make a correct diagnosis like this. Hard enough when you have the actual fish in front of you some times. It can be a number of things. A wc cichlid is naturally even more sensitive. I would start off with a 50% water change and I would also put in some salt (1dl/100 liter). Also increase the tank temperature to 82-84 fahrenheit. Let us know if the fish gets better or gets a new symptom.
To run the tap water through a hma filter is a very good ide .
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Re: wild mbuna not eating, hiding

Post by victoria on Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:14 am

hiya,

i removed him from the main tank & put him in qt & treated with octozin as i think its better to act fast in this case rather than being sorry later.

to look at him you wouldnt think he was poorly, he is swimming around & coming to the front of the tank when i approach.

he has now got stringy white faeces, i offered him a spirulina flake to see if he was just being shy in the main tank but he took it & spat it out about 5 times before ignoring it which indicates he has a blockage as far as im aware.

so i am hoping i have acted in good time to save him.

all other fish are fine & not showing any similar symptoms although i will not count my chickens yet as i know bloat usually occurs at weekly intervals. 1 fish then a week lately another fish & so on.

all i can do is keep a close eye on all fish & my fingers crossed.

i have covered the qt tank with a towel to help relax him & keep him calm.

i have decided on a ro filter as this seems the only way i am able to reduce nitrates sufficiently out of the tap.

i noticed a few of my fish were flashing alot, mainly my big n.blues & a couple of others so i am treating the main tank with sterazin, i added the first dose yesterday which already seems to have made possitive results.
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Re: wild mbuna not eating, hiding

Post by iceblue on Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:04 pm

Welcome to the Forum Victoria. Sorry to hear about all your troubles but it seems your doing the best you can for your fish. Hopefully things will get better soon. I know it's heart breaking when they don't eat.

What exactly do you feed your fish and how often? I sometimes would give an ailing fish a little finely chopped cooked spinach when it seemed they wouldn't eat. They have an easier time swallowing it or maybe they just liked it . I'm not sure.

Once again, welcome to the forum and we look forward to pics of your finny friends. We just can't get enough of that here. Very Happy
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