Wierd Cichlid Behaviour!!

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Hey guys i have a convict ciclid at the moment.

Hes really shy. he never swims around at all, unless its at night when lights are off.

and i havent seen him eat anything. I used to feed him raw meat but iv stopped that due to high levels of nitrates, but other than that he doenst eat pellets.

he tried to go for a worm cept my yabbies took it.

any ideaS? he likes to rest at hte bottom of the tank and sit in a corner alot.

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4ft planted community tank. tetras, guppies, plecos, bristlnenose
7ft oscar tank with tilapia and convict
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OFL replied the topic: Re:Wierd Cichlid Behaviour!!

have you checked that the water is in good condition?

If you got yabbies that are nicking the food before the convict can get to it, can you not remove them? even if it's just until you can get convict used to eating food. It could well be that because he hasn't really been any other food, he's not used to it. Other than him not eating does he seem okay? is his breathing labored at all? we want to try and determine whether he is not eating because he isn't used to food, or may be there is something wrong with him. You said he tried to eat a worm, that is a good sign however, he does sound rather shy,if he didn't have anything to compete aagainst when it came to feeding, he might start eating okay.

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etwee replied the topic: Re:Wierd Cichlid Behaviour!!

hey mate


i just got my test results in from my first test .

it looks bad.

ph is 6
ammo is .50ppm
nitei is 0
nitrates is 40+ppm... still!

his breathing is fine. hes always been fair shy, even in the other tank.. im not sure wat he ate back then.. i fed him live fish like every nite. but yeah.. he doesnt eat floating pellets.

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4ft planted community tank. tetras, guppies, plecos, bristlnenose
7ft oscar tank with tilapia and convict
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