Just be careful here - "Flashing" is very normal behaviour with many African cichlids, especially Mbuna. Blue diamond twitching/head shaking . Hole in Head Disease (Hexamita) more common in cichlids: OTC medication for Hole in Head Disease. Talk about any cichlids from Lake Malawi, Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika as well … Learn more about why you might see erratic swimming in aquarium fish. Member. I have a 55 gallon cichlid tank. Constant glancing/flashing 2. Several parasites are grouped under this name, but the symptoms are almost identical. Advanced Aquaria Discussion Forum. Although the fish isn’t aggressive, they guard their territory, especially during the spawning period. My blue discus has been hiding all week but rushes out when it knows its going to get fed. Several parasites are grouped under this name, but the symptoms are almost identical. Poor water quality can also trigger the shimmies, as can other sorts of poisons such as copper. Usually accompanied by twitching, flashing, and other signs of stress and irritation. Suggested Treatment Period: MetroPlex™ Blend: 14-21 days Special Considerations It is very … 5 - Malawi Cichlids (all males) 20 gal Upright Tank (only circulating 15 gal) 20 Tetra Whisper Filtration System Sand/Gravel Mixture for Substrate (i know I need to get crushed coral) Symptoms-1. For example, a dark substrate (e.g., black sand) might work for some cichlids, but others won’t “color up” near as much with black sand as they would a lighter color sand. Flashing, breathing disorders, discoloration of the gills, septicemia, nervousness or lethargy, lack of appetite or digestive troubles. After the tank was cycled, I bought the venustus. Here's the place if you want to discuss Central American Cichlids or South American Cichlids! Cichlids Flashing and Twitching!! The fish rubs or glances because it is itchy. fish are twitching and itching: PLEASE HELP! But, remember that cichlids do something called "flashing". Fish with out the spots are flashing also not one fish is consistent doing it, it is off and on. The shaking and twitching are also something some cichlids do as breeding behavior trying to attract the mate, but since you already have ich, then I'd say that's the cause. :S my male orange cichlid also did that until sunday but has since stopped. Same goes for gravel. My tiger barb is shaking like a seizure and swimming upside down. Course Of Action: Large water change. It may very well be something more, but I would watch to see how often it does this and how much. The loose apetite. They "twitch" and try to scratch on aquarium decorations (they look like they are on crack) 2. what is/was the problem and how can i avoid this situation in the future? I have 2 canister filters (eheim pro II and a reina) tank was set up for about 5 years. The fish are doing all the things they normally do, However, pretty much all of the fish are now flashing, and a few of them are acting skittish and twitching occasionally. My fish kind of twitched and constantly shook their heads which made me believe they had some kind of gill parasite. I got the tank in February and it was used and came with most of the fish that are there now. Plenty of live plants. Today, I observed that the anus of both cichlids appears to be swollen and red fibers are sticking out of the anal cavity. The swim bladder is an abdominal sac lined with epithelium that helps the fish stay afloat. If you flash them with a light from the top, it looks as though they have fine "gold rust" on them. The scales go in and out quickly. I just treated with Aquarisol in my African Cichlid tank for scratching and flashing against rocks and walls. I have 2 Jack Dempseys, 1 blue zebra, 2 blood parrots, 1 jewel, 1 venustus in the tank. There can be a number of reasons why a fish might flash, but parasite problems are a common cause and can be a good place to look first. Cichlid. Removed all rocks and sand from the tank at one point, did individual salt dips on all the cichlids and still the flashing and what I would call twitching and spasms occured. An itchy fish often develops more serious Signs of Stress and Disease. Its a 250ltr/55 gallon community. Also it doesn't scratch and scrape its gills there fine. Melafix, and Re: ongoing Af. Cichlids do this behavior to show mating interest, dominance, or just to do it. Several parasites are grouped under this name, but the symptoms are almost identical. 6. I then treated for ich. A Friendly Online Community For Cichlid Enthusiasts. Also they like digging the tank bottom and they dig out plants. 4. one or bothe gills may not be able to close all the way. 25 malawi chiclids. MFK Member. now none of them are flashing anymore. Ich is among the most common infections of fish, and is entirely treatable with diligence and attention to water quality. What are my Cichlids doing when they Shake/Vibrate? Molly shaking (almost seizure like) racing around the tank. Nolan: So I have some cichlids in a 75 gallon and they where flashing like crazy, because they had ich but the ich is gone ( for it appears it’s gone) and they are still flashing lies crazy. African Cichlids Flashing Against the Substrate: What does that mean? Flashing is just another thing similar to that they do when they have parasites, it's not a "disease". They eat fine, but don’t swim around as much as they used to. Swim Bladder Disease As suggested by the name, swim bladder disease affects the part of the cichlid known as the swim bladder. Glancing or Flashing is a fish behavior where a fish rubs itself on the bottom of the aquarium, or on the gravel, or on a rock or ornament. This was in a link above in johnarthur's message. Go. he also is not so eager to eat. Fish twitching and lying at bottom of the tank! Next Last. Looks like salt sprinkled on the fish’s body and fins. Thread starter whitexboii; Start date Apr 30, 2008; Forums. Ich is among the most common infections of fish, and is entirely treatable with diligence and attention to water quality. 2 fish Swimming in circles and twitching looked just like the video online, and from what I read that would not happen if the water was bad. Discus Fish. Lip locking and flashing are all signs of cichlid mating behavior. 5. At this point they look dead so I net them and put in a little hang on box to separate. Rarely (once every other day or so), I have observed a cichlid twitch rapidly (like a seizure) for a few seconds. When it comes out it "twitches" and shakes. Water stats all good (ammonia 0, PH neutral, nitrite 0, PH 0). 55 gal tank with a african cichlid, and 3 male swordtails. 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