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Hi,

I have noticed in my large Tanganyikan community tank my multifasciatus have started to get a sunken stomach, they dont seem to eat much or enough, I use new life spectrum cichlids 1mm sinking food, and i also grind a little in with each feed to feed the small leptosomas i have and I though the multis...

I have grinded it into a small net the let it go close to the multis and they dont seem to get into it much....

I am after a multi alternative that i could try at least so they dont die, i believe that 3 have died of hunger now, all other fish in the aquarium seem to be doing fine...

if you guys require any more info ask I may have forgotten some basic info...

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My $0.02 on this is Multies really need a tank of their own . They are fairly well down the food chain and although they hold their own against other fish even of larger size when they are in with other fish they rarely leave their territory , which means it is up to you to ensure that the food actually gets to them - in sufficient quantity . I feed mine Spectrum small fish pellets and crushed Cichlid flake and when they have fry I feed micrworms once per day plus frozen brine shrimp occasionally as a treat . I do however keep them in a species tank ( 24 x 15 x18 ) I have 2 colonies from two different sources both in the same size tank - My food regime works with both .

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they dont seem to eat much or enough

So I assume they're getting enough food provided but they aren't eating it

My conclusion is that they have an actual disease, where it may not be bacterial, they might just be put off whatever they're eating

Live food usually gets them eating again, just use a pipette and squirt it at them

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Well I have been tossing up about live brine shrimp so I think I'm going to give it a shot... Turkey baster seems like a great idea. I would put them in there own tank but I am restrickted to how many tanks also would need a cycles sponge filter...

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Thanks shon, I am going to start this technique straight away and see how I go... How many times a day do you guys feed mixed community tanks as some fish eat at different times I find, in the morn before work the only think awake seems to be leptosomas and when I finish work calvus and comps are out and about... Multies are awake in the morning too, might do two small feeds a day?

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