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Urgent! sick african cichlids
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mohammad.j.ideis
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PostPosted: 2011.03.29(Tue)12:00    Post subject: Urgent! sick african cichlids Reply with quote

I need help fast, I recently bought 3 africans from walmart;I know bad move I bought a hornet,cobalt blue,and a strawberry peacock.
my favorite fish, the cobal is not eating,breath heavily, its left fin is somewhat "clamped" to its body all replys welcome
please help before the 7day Guarantie is over Crying or Very sad Sad
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PostPosted: 2011.03.29(Tue)13:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bring them all back. IME and IMO I wouldn't trust Walmart with feeder goldfish, let alone Malawis.
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PostPosted: 2011.03.29(Tue)14:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Topper wrote:
Bring them all back. IME and IMO I wouldn't trust Walmart with feeder goldfish, let alone Malawis.

well do you think thell take them back alive
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PostPosted: 2011.03.29(Tue)14:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they don't take them they will die -how was the tank cycled?
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PostPosted: 2011.03.29(Tue)15:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

its been up a little over a year now
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PostPosted: 2011.03.29(Tue)18:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just say they were purchased in a sickly condition. Make a big deal out of it and if you can't get a refund - get store credit and purchase some hard goods.
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PostPosted: 2011.03.30(Wed)8:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you take them back to walmart all they do is throw them in the trash can...

Atleast make an attempt to get them back healthy.


Check your water parameters. Use this site to check for PROPER pH.

You do have a liq Test kit right?
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PostPosted: 2011.03.30(Wed)15:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Atleast make an attempt to get them back healthy.



I have a great deal of experience saving fish from certain demise - both professionally and personally. I have never had any success with fish bought from Walmart, K-Mart, Woolworth's (dating myself) and the like. These fish are for the most part poorly bred, poorly transported, poorly acclimated into a poor filtration system and then poorly looked after by people who don't possess the basic knowledge needed to keep fish - let alone recognize the early signs of disease in a central filtration system. These fish could have anything with the symptoms described and before subjecting the resident inhabitants to whatever these fish might have contracted, it is far better (smarter) to remove them and return them.

If the OP wants to try and save the fish the first step would be a quarantine tank. Without this, the risk is pretty high.
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PostPosted: 2011.03.31(Thu)7:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Completely agree Topper, I was glad when my Walmart took the aquatic out of their store.
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