Julidochromis dickfeldi  domestic housecleaning

Adult female Julidochromis dickfeldi. Note the rectangular, ceramic tube in the background with most of the opening blocked by the rock (below the cichlid). Photo by the author. 

As a regular breeder of J. dickfeldi, I spend considerable time observing them. Of the many interesting behaviors they exhibit, perhaps one of the most is their propensity for house cleaning.

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Behavioral signs of an ill cichlid

Image from https://molliesfish.com/.

I’ve posted on the blog here several times about how much I hate to lose a fish. I don’t consider them pets like I do my dog, but I take my responsibility of keeping them seriously. When they get ill, I try my best to treat them if I know what’s wrong. All cichlid keepers will eventually experience sick fish. So how do you recognize the behavior of a cichlid that is ill?

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