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MalawiAquarist MalawiAquarist
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Re: Worms or Parasite? Help with diagnosis! #11
Hmm, there are 2 in the tank but the other is even more grey in colour. How can you tell and would they fill up with eggs even if there wasn't a male around?
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Re: Worms or Parasite? Help with diagnosis! #12
Have a look here for info on the species including sexing: http://www.aquariumfishparadise.com.a ... cock-aulonocara-baenschi/
Yes, females will fill with eggs in the absence of a male, but should usually reabsorb them.
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Re: Worms or Parasite? Help with diagnosis! #13
Hey, even though these were sold to me as dragons blood peacocks I think they are in fact jewel Cichlids.

Having a research on thus fish it seems the pH is completely wrong for it, could be stressing it out and causing the bloat. Damn fish shops...
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Re: Worms or Parasite? Help with diagnosis! #14
Having looked at your pic in more detail I think you're right. They can take pH from 6-7.8 and hardness up to 18 degrees, but they're a poor match for Malawis anyway. Your best bet is to return for a refund as the shop have clearly got it wrong.