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Sudden death

Discussion in 'Dwarf Cichlid Health' started by Odile, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. Odile

    Odile New Member

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    Hi,
    My male Apistogramma hongsloi is dead and I don't understand why. He was doing well until friday morning and his behaviour was normal. Friday nigth I fed him frozen brine shrimps and he didn't seem very keen to eat them but was still showing off to the female. When the ligth was turned off I suddenly couldn't see him, then found hiem lying on his flank and breathing rapidly, and he didn't move his fins. Unfortunately I had to leave for the week end and this morning I found him dead...
    The female, my corydoras and shrimps seem in good health, any idea of what may have happened to him ? Can it be related to the food ? There hasen't be any change in the tank lately...
    My pH is 6, the tank is filled with RO water and has kH 0 and gH<4, nitrites are not detectable with my test and nitrates are less than 10mg.L-1
  2. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Most animals try to hide illness. It's hard to say what the problem was without an immediate necropsy. It's too late to do it now.
  3. Odile

    Odile New Member

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    So it was just bad luck ? I hope the female doesn't suffer from the same thing then... I found a shop where they can order another male for me but I wanted to be sure there wasn't something I did wrong.
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Probably it was something that came with the male. I wouldn't buy a new male until I was sure that the other community members don't have what he had. This is why I recommend 4+ weeks of quarantine before adding any fish to an established tank.

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