Help Cichlid is bullied by the other fishes

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My cichlid has been staying low for 3 days now and has not eaten a single pellet. The moment he moves a little he is being chased by blue electric hap, parrot fish, severum and another fish of his breed( I don't know the breed but the one who sold it to me said it was a "red cuttack?")
I think I see his fin nipped. I spoke to the seller but he told me not to worry since aggression is common among cichlids but I don't think this is normal. I also don't think compatibility is an issue since the other fish of the same breed is also chasing him. I am quite concerned about him. Please help asap
 

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welcome and that fish looks like a african cichlid so I think the problem lies in that they are not native and the other same species fish is bullying this one becasue there is nobody else to bully since you don't have more of them. I think the best option is to return them
 
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Ohnoo! Are you sure there is nothing else I can do?
 

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Also, how large is your tank?
 
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Infact a few weeks back they were playing together and were quite happy! This is a lil too sudden

It's about 50-55 l
 

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50-55 liters?! I would suggest rehoming them or getting a larger tank
 
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I am pretty new to this and the seller said that the tank size would be enough for them
 

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Ok, so in that case 50 liters is unfortunately too small for any of those fish. If you were to keep all those fish together I would say a reasonable tank size is 220 liters
 

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sarasharma said:
So these fish are in a 15 gallon tank? Far too small for one of those fish. I would re-home all of them or set up another tank.
 
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I will do something right away

Is there anything I can do for the poor guy in the meantime

I also feel that the seller recommended less food for them since they always seem hungry....
 

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Unfortunately in a tank that size and no other tanks to put him in you can’t do much. You may want to take him back to where you bought him...
 
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I can maybe put him in a transparent bucket to save him from the bullying?
 
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Since I can't do anything today will have to wait till tomorrow
 

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