CICHLID TANK PLEASE HELP!

  1. nap83 Initiate Member

    I NOTICED A SORT OF "FILM" ON TOP OF THE WATER OF MY TANK & THE CICHLIDS WON'T GO UP TO GRAB THEIR FOOD. I CHANGED 60% OF THE CARBON (HOPEFULLY THAT'S THE PROBLEM!). CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT THIS IS ABOUT?? THANKS!!
     
  2. Gunnie Well Known Member Member

    Re: >>CICHLID TANK PLEASE HELP!<<

    If you don't have a lot of surface agitation by a bio wheel, HOB filter or air stone, you usually get a film on the top of your water caused by fish food or other pollutants. When you have surface agitation, it breaks up the film and the film can sometimes get sucked up by the HOB filter if that is the type of filtration you have. Is your water still at the top of your tank?
     

  3. nap83 Initiate Member

    Re: >>CICHLID TANK PLEASE HELP!<<

    the lfs told me to agitate the top of the tank by airstones. i did, film's gone, more oxygen in the tank. but the cichlids still hesitate to eat at the top like they used to. they wait for the spirulina flakes to drop down & grab it. is this normal behavior? even the dominant one waits for it at the middle.
     
  4. Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    Re: >>CICHLID TANK PLEASE HELP!<<

    I would think as long as they are eating and are healthy and lively then they are ok.
    Carol