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cockatoo cichlid not swallowing #1
Hi there my mala cockatoo cichlid is having a bit of trouble swallowing he goes to a bloodworm to eat it swallows it in then instantly spits it back out. He has been quiet all day but has got back to his normal self now the blood worms are in he just isn't managing to eat them like he normally would. I think he has been a bit constipated the last day or two but is currently pooping a small white string so I'm not sure if it is internal parasites. all other fish including my female cockatoo are acting fine and water params are briliant:
PH.6.8
Ammonia.0
Nitrite.0
Nitrate.10-15
No new additions nothing has changed recently.
Any help is greatly appreciated
Many thanks ,
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Re: cockatoo cichlid not swallowing #2
He may just have a bit of an upset stomach. How often does he have bloodworm? Too much can give these little cichlids a bit of a bellyache so limit it to once or twice a week.

Starve the tank for 24-48 hours and then try some live daphnia if you can get it as daphnias' outer casing is a natural source of roughage. If you can't get hold of any, try squished peas.
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Re: cockatoo cichlid not swallowing #3
Does this apply for German Blue Ram as well?
I've been feeding my rams mosquito larvae on Saturday and Sunday
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Re: cockatoo cichlid not swallowing #4
He has blood worms every day so that would probably explain it I am starving today he is still hiding him self away but hopefully by tommorow he will be feeling better. Do freeze dried daphnia work? Because that's all I can get from my LFS
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Re: cockatoo cichlid not swallowing #5
Freeze dried may well work, if he will take them. I'd soak them in a bit of tankwater before feeding. Check the frozen foods section if they have one as frozen daphnia will work.
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Re: cockatoo cichlid not swallowing #6
Quote:

nathangoudie wrote:
Does this apply for German Blue Ram as well?
I've been feeding my rams mosquito larvae on Saturday and Sunday


Yes, but if it's only a couple of days a week it shouldn't be an issue, plus mosquito larvae aren't as bad as bloodworm. If yours have not shown symptoms I wouldn't worry too much, though maybe switch to Saturday and Wednesday rather than two days in a row.
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Re: cockatoo cichlid not swallowing #7
I'm starving them today but am I still OK to feed my pleco as it is courgette and as always many thanks for your help fish lady
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Re: cockatoo cichlid not swallowing #8
Yes, give the plec his veggies
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Re: cockatoo cichlid not swallowing #9
That's one less fish that wants to bite my hand off hahaha you would have thought I have starved them for a year not just a day the way they're acting
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Re: cockatoo cichlid not swallowing #10
Hi everyone just woke up this morning and Cedric has passed on I'm not sure if he had some kind of growth inside him that meant he couldn't swallow or what has happened ive tested my water and everything Is fine and everyone else Is really well and eating like I expect . just really sad about Cedric I suppose it was a bit more than a poorly belly but thank you for your help
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