Electric Yellow Hiding

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Today one of the electric yellows I got yesterday, was hiding on top of the filter. There's a little gap above my heater from where the tube comes out of and its underwater. The other two came up to him but he chased them away and went back to the same spot. I'm really worried as these are my first electric yellow's. Is there something wrong?

The water parameters are:

pH-7.9
Ammonia-0
Nitrites-0
Nitrates-under 0.2

I just fed them their dinner and the one hiding came out to eat.
At the moment he is just swimming near the filter, near his hiding spot.

I've merged your posts since they were back to back with no response between.
Thanks!
Ken
 

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Hello Jake,

Since the fish are new, give them time to acclimate to their new environment. Glad to hear that he came out of hiding.

Ken
 
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A lot of new fish hide/get shy when introduced to their new homes. (Like being the new kid at school [no pun intended].

Give him time [sometimes a month] to get settled, and worth noting, does he have other hiding opportunities (rocks/caves etc)? some cichlids love their rocks/caves to hide in.

I haven't had cichlids myself, but my DG was very shy for the first few weeks.
 

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african cichlids need to be overstocked....that way they are just chasing everyone instead of just the weakest one.....hes probably being bullied as the other 2 have paired up....you want 1m to 3-4f and again, overstocking is key with these buggers.....hope things work out!
 
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Well they were my first lot so I will probably get more this week (Hoping to get some Johanni's). The other 2 came up to him earlier and he just chased them away.
I don't understand why he'd hide near the filter when there is a THR, driftwood and a terracotta pot. At the moment I think I have 1 male and 2 females but I'm not 100% sure.

I'll try and add another rock or two this weekend.
 
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I just noticed the electric yellow that's hiding has some white fluff on his head.
 

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White fluff sounds like a fungal infection....i would add anymore fish until youre current fish are settled and healthy.
 
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Don't you mean wouldn't?
 

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wouldnt is what i meant, yes.

i know weve been over this before, but i still dont think your tank is cycled. under 1 ppm of nitrates is not a good sign....
 
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Oops I forgot to update that one, thats my 10gallon tank.

Although my 43g has been cycled, I asked Aquarist48 and Furallicah and they said yes. I put my texas holey rock in and put food in every day and it worked!
 

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oh yeah, that was another tank....you lose so much on a phone vs a computer.
 
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lol
 
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