I have a 55 gallon cichlid tank. all was well, but my laziness probably resulted in high nitrates. American Cichlid. Just be careful here - "Flashing" is very normal behaviour with many African cichlids, especially Mbuna. 1; 2; Next. Go. MFK Member. It may very well be something more, but I would watch to see how often it does this and how much. Also it doesn't scratch and scrape its gills there fine. Discus shimmying is a symptom, not exactly a disease; it can be accompanied by other symptoms, especially ones that are somehow … cichlids.com is the place for cichlid enthusiast to share their dedication, expand their knowledge, and do what they love. Discus Shimmy is an odd postural behavior that causes the Discus fish to twitch, vibrate, or shake their bodies at short intervals. Nolan: So I have some cichlids in a 75 gallon and they where flashing like crazy, because they had ich but the ich is gone ( for it appears it’s gone) and they are still flashing lies crazy. Nov 14, 2007 97 0 0 31 Edmonton Alberta Canada. I would personally take a good look at the fish, monitor the water closely, and see what you can find out. Also they like digging the tank bottom and they dig out plants. Rarely (once every other day or so), I have observed a cichlid twitch rapidly (like a seizure) for a few seconds. Dark spot on head 5. Poor water quality can also trigger the shimmies, as can other sorts of poisons such as copper. Cichlids are particularly susceptible to several aquarium fish diseases so if you learn about how to treat and prevent them now, you and your fish will be better off later. Cold water conditions can have the same effect on tropical fish as well, with cichlids in particular being extremely sensitive to even short-term exposure to cold water. Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:14 am. :S my male orange cichlid also did that until sunday but has since stopped. 1. then i moved the other two males to the tank and theyre flashing too! Molly shaking (almost seizure like) racing around the tank. 2 fish Swimming in circles and twitching looked just like the video online, and from what I read that would not happen if the water was bad. 4. one or bothe gills may not be able to close all the way. Usually accompanied by twitching, flashing, and other signs of stress and irritation. Ich is among the most common infections of fish, and is entirely treatable with diligence and attention to water quality. An itchy fish often develops more serious Signs of Stress and Disease. African Rift Lake Cichlids. But, remember that cichlids do something called "flashing". Cloudy vision is when it seems like you’re looking at the world through a haze or fog. I have 2 canister filters (eheim pro II and a reina) tank was set up for about 5 years. For example, a dark substrate (e.g., black sand) might work for some cichlids, but others won’t “color up” near as much with black sand as they would a lighter color sand. now none of them are flashing anymore. Thread starter whitexboii; Start date Apr 30, 2008; Forums. African Cichlids Flashing Against the Substrate: What does that mean? Several parasites are grouped under this name, but the symptoms are almost identical. i have a 120 gallon tank. Absent any external factors, the ram could also be sick. There can be a number of reasons why a fish might flash, but parasite problems are a common cause and can be a good place to look first. I am also seeing what I think is mating. I got the tank in February and it was used and came with most of the fish that are there now. The shaking and twitching are also something some cichlids do as breeding behavior trying to attract the mate, but since you already have ich, then I'd say that's the cause. 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