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Blue Dolphin Fish seems scared
I recently added a pair of blue dolphin fish to my fish tank a couple of
<I'll take it you mean Cyrtocara moorii... not the Frontosa here>
I noticed that the Blue Dolphin seems to be behaving as if he is scared
of the other fish in the tank and doesn’t kind of let any other fish
come near him.
<What are the other fishes? And they need room... uncrowded 75 gallon, five
foot long system or larger; and decor to hide amongst>
In fact he even tries to chase the id shark
<The Pangasiodon catfish? You know this fish gets huge, HUGE? Read here:
which is pretty peaceful by nature. There seems to pretty much conflict
between the blood parrot fish and the blue dolphin. Sometimes even the
Tinfoil Barb pair also seems to play\nag the blue dolphin.
Please advise what can be done to reduce aggression.
<Likely will have to separate, trade in the African Cichlids... likely
misplaced here period. Needs to live in a polygamous setting... one
male, a few females (three is best)... Bob Fenner>
Electric blue girl has no
Hi, I'm from Australia so excuse my metric measurements. I
have a 225litre tank (4 foot x 1.5 x 1.5) all Malawi cichlids
communal breeding tank.
<Mmm, not much room really; and will cross-breed>
Water quality perfect, great tank for the last 4 years. Then I
introduced a breeding pair of Moorii,
<Not w/ Mbunas I hope/trust>
I must not have quarantined for long enough or they were too
stressed and got Ich from my existing stock, either way, I lost
my big male but treated in time to save the rest. I have 4
venustus (not malawis I know but they like it in that tank) that
all started exceeding mucous to stave off infection and they all
came out in perfect health but my electric blue girl has issues
with here eyes now. It's almost as if here eyes are
<Likely first attacked...>
It started as a cloudy haze over the eyes, not fluffy or
anything, but then as the cloudy layer slowly fell off there is
no eye behind it any more on her left side. The eye is still
visible on the other side but it is receded into the head and too
small for the socket and she is completely blind now.
I have put her back in the holding tank ( same size) but may have
to move her to a small fry tank so she can eat as she can't
really move around where she wants to she just swims in all
directions and runs into everything.
Clearly this isn't a curable condition but Amy idea what it
is or how to treat it if I ever encounter it again.
<Stock compatible species in suitable settings... plenty of
cover, not over-stocked>
I will send a second email with pics as for some reason I
can't attach them to this email.
Electric blue girl photo 7/6/11
There is no eye here just an empty socket. Just a big gaping
hole, no swelling, no recognizable infection or fungus remaining,
the other side is almost as bad but is not improving.