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NEEd HELP German rams lost color after laying eggs

Discussion in 'Other South American Dwarf Cichlids' started by Lucasalc46, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. Lucasalc46

    Lucasalc46 New Member

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    hello all. My tank currently has ick from a group of cardinal tetras that bought. I’m treating them with QuICK cure and I’m trying to get the temp up but won’t gets very variable above 84 degrees and isn’t constant. The tank is currently at 82-83

    My female ram(didn’t think she was big enough to be breeding, and is a lot smaller than male) layed her eggs while this is happen and after that she started acting speratic and lost color all color. Color came back then was lost again.(happened in span of five minutes.)


    Also, checkerboards got hostile and began to fight and locked jaws.(could be regular behavior since they are fighting over food source) and two other checkerboards had the dark squares messed up, I don’t know if it was in a sort of line or just color loss. Is that a result of breeding or stress?

    I’m wondering what’s going on with the fish and what may be causeing this? Sorry for the long question.

    Thanks!
  2. yukondog

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    I take this is all in one tank? I've had that happen to my rams, with the Ick and checkerboards fighting it could be stress, do you have another tank you can put the other fish in?
    How big is your tank?
    Have you tested your water?
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    This happened to my rams a years ago. this is due stress, new fish, going into labor, ick and change in water temps means less oxygen too. You mentioned that temps are not constant. What is the reason. Check your ppm immediately because of the chemical you use for ick treatment. Do not use chemicals for ick treatment. avoid as much as possible. Raise the temp and put the lights off for minimum 3 days and start adding salt, one tablespoon per 10 gallon. and do everyday water change. and make sure when adding new water is well oxygenated and is at same temperature. I suggest you do in same tank as the tank is already affected, so moving into new tank will carry over the contamination. Use all hygiene and clean after every change of water. Use garlic guard or any natural remedy to improve your fish gills system, this builts their immune. I hope your fish becomes all well!
    keep us posted.
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  4. Lucasalc46

    Lucasalc46 New Member

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    Thanks guys, my ick is over now but I my cardinals are dying for some reason. I don’t know what it is, but it seems internal. There is one cardinal with black cycsts but it seem like that isn’t doing anything. Do you guys have any ideas? Thanks
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    separate the tank mates immediately. Which type of cardinals do you have ? can you post a image of it.
    Use high oxygenated water only and live food dipped in garlic liquid. you may have to treat your all fish at the same time because this internal parasite may have been passed over it is planted tank.

    Which kind of filtration do you have? we will do it in this manner, that everything is clear step by step.
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    Lucasalc46 New Member

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    They are regular cardinal tetras
    Can’t post a photo yet
    My quarantine tank is getting setup so once it’s setup I will
    It’s an aqua clear and is a planted tank
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    atmagoulick Member 5 Year Member

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    All you can really do is to change the filter media. Sounds like you did everything else. I hate ick.

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