Animal Stories - Jaguar Cichlid

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The Jaguar Cichlid is known for becoming more and more beautiful as it ages!
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Jennifer Nikki Duvall- Goretcki - 2014-01-23
I received a 12 inch jag off craigslist for free.  I have a 220 gallon established African and South American set up with several fish ranging from about 9inches to 2inches. When I got the fish he was thin. The jag did not eat and I began to worry. I think he gave my tank a parasite or the introduction of him may have added stress among the fish and allowed for a already existing parasite to flourish and be exacerbated. Several of the cichlids are 'flashing'. The jag still was not eating about nine days in, around the same time I noticed the flashing, and had been what seemed to be lethargic in a cave he had claimed as his. So, although I visibly saw now ich I treated for it for three days. Then changed half the water. I mixed Epsom salt and water and entubated him (stuck a tube down into his stomach) to try and rid any intestinal parasites. A couple days later I wetted some spectrum food and entubated him with that to try and boost his energy since he had not ate in about two weeks and was rarely moving, and showed no interest in is normal pellet food, nor freeze dried shrimp! He has finally started attempting to eat his food and is actually swallowing some rather than spitting it back out. Now my concern is what the heck this parasite could be. I checked the jags gills and they are a smooth red with no sight of manifestations of parasites and I also checked another large cichlid who has also been flashing and saw nothing on its gills. There are no white spots on the body either and the three day treatment with the common blue dye color ich treatment stuff didn't seem to ease anything. My ph, nitrate and ammonia levels are never off and I check them regularly. The flashing is not a show for dominance nor for breeding. They are twitching like they have a body tick and then flashing (what almost seems involuntarily at times) around the tank. The water change of almost half the tank has helped some and I plan on changing more water this weekend and continue to do so do rid as much of the parasites in the tank as possible. Anyone have any idea what it could be or had any similar experiences?  The jag still is not very active and lays in his cave a lot.  He still looks malnourished with a slightly sunken in stomach as well. Please help.... I don't want to lose any of my fish!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    Your cichlid could have Hexamita, an intestinal flagellated protozoa that attack the lower intestine. Large cichlids are prone to this disease. A favorite  antibiotic for treating gastrointestinal diseases in cichlids is Metronidazole. It has no discernible side effects, doesn't kill fry or stress out other fish too much. And it is a moderately priced treatment when dosing the whole water volume. See more about it on our fish disease page here: Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments: Hexamita
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-30
    How is the Jaguar Cichlid doing?
Jason D - 2014-04-06
I have a jaguar cichlid and he loves to lay in the bubble ring like it's spa day, is this normal or a concern?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    It is most likely him just having fun. But just keep an eye out for any other unusual behavior or signs of illness if you are concerned.
  • Jason D - 2014-04-13
    Thank you! He or doing great it's just one of the crazy things it does, I never had a fish with so much personality and can tell me from anybody else that aproaches the tank. And seems to get aggressive towards them, I love this fish and to think I got him her for free lol sucker!!!!
Captain Kirk - 2009-03-18
I have a pair of these great fish. They remind me of Croppie, for those of you who fish. They are pretty regular with laying eggs, for a while they were doing it every month. The male is huge and yes I am scared of him sometimes. These are tank commander type fish. I can't even keep catfish or apple snails with them. This means cleaning the tank often. They are very hardy and eat a little bit of everthing.
Once after all the fry from one of their spawnings had died off I took the opportunity to clean the tank. I took everything out, poured boiling water (in a bucket) over the gravel, scrubbed everything. Set up the rocks and poured in new water, a little cold so I waited for the heater to bring up the temperature. Then I noticed a little fry swimming around. The tank was empty! All but dry, I wiped down all the glass with paper towels. I was dumbfounded how this little guy survived.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-01-05
    That's cool.
carl rumsey - 2013-11-22
i have overfed my jaguar chicken slices, she hasnt eaten or had a bowel movement in 6 days. she has swelled up on both sides of her belly. Golf ball size stomach. I believe she is about to explode. Please help. What should I do to save her? ty carl

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Sounds like he's constipated. Try giving him a few shelled peas, it's like a fishy ex-lax. Use frozen peas thawed a bit in the microwave, remove the outer skin and feed the rest.
Logan Blume - 2013-10-15
I have a 55 with 2 baby oscars I was wanting 1 or 2 jags is that ok till I get a bigger tank?

Jason D - 2013-07-14
Hi I have a female jag and lately she has been acting strange, she's biting the tank, is this normal? Also she has been swimming around the tank like crazy. She is the only fish in the tank should I get her a tank mate like a boyfriend? lol...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    Is she eating normally? Does she ever slow down while swimming? If she is eating normally I wouldn't worry too much about it. Also, unless you plan to breed, I wouldn't add any other fish. They are aggressive and territorial and are a good fish to keep by themselves. If you do want to breed I would add a male who is slightly smaller than your female so she doesn't get beaten up.
hernan - 2012-11-08
Hi everyone I have a 4 inch jaguar and a 7 inch Oscar both get along ok but today I came home from work to find half the tank's water was gone and leaking a lot because of a crack in the glass.. Pulled both fish out of the tank and put them in sepatate buckets but I unfortunately don't have a spare tank. My enquiry about this whole story is does anyone know how long will the fish survive under such circumstances? How long without oxigen and heating? It's summer here temperature in general is 24 to 28 degrees, thank you soo much whoever can help with a lil advise would be muchly appreciated. I also can't get an emergency tank until about 12 hours.. :/

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-09
    Fish are shipped in mush worse conditions..  Try adding some airstones to the tank.  Also some pet shops will house your fish temporary while you get the tank ready.  Anyway to patch the crack while you wait to set up the new tank?
cichlidfreak23 - 2012-05-01
Can I keep 1 jaguar cichlid a convict cichlid and a green terror in a 30 gallon till I get a bigger tank

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    It will be fine while they are small. You will need to upgrade as they grow.
  • chiclidfreak23 - 2012-05-02
    I also have a 55 gallon with a very aggressive jack dempsey and I have a pike cichlid
My jaguar cichlid is lying at the bottom of the tank. Is it breeding or is it sick? ? I can't tell. . . Help me please! ! !

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-27
    First thing to do is check you water conditions.  If you don't have a test kit, a local pet shop will normally test it.  How is the fish breathing?
  • Fishboi69 - 2013-01-15
    He's relaxing :)
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    If he's eating and you don't see anything on him to indicate an illness, he's probably just resting.
Melissa Hill - 2011-01-22
I have a 12" Male Jaguar Cichlid - he shares my 125 gallon tank with 3 senegal bichirs, an ornate bichir, a 14" common pleco, as well as a RT/TSN catfish. He is best buddies with my senegals, and I always see the bichirs piled up on him when he's sitting in his clay pot. I can add ANY fish into this tank - even a guppy, and he will hide from it. He's a very timid fish, and I wouldn't trade him for the world!

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  • greg - 2011-03-21
    Get it a male things will change trust me great thing to see.
  • raghu - 2011-08-09
    Dear Mellisa, Since when do you have your jaguar. Trust me he is shy or not showing up himself and once he shows himself I think you have change the jaguar or other fishes, because I have had jaguar and still have at home and bred them not once but five times. I have three males and one female. I have seen their behaviour and their aggressiveness towards me and other tank mates. It has gods gift hooligan behaviour or a bully.