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    You should never have to tear down your tank all the way, & this might be why he's shy. I have experienced cichlids responding in a negative manner like this from moving structure around in the tank, & some never get over it. Can I ask why you feel it is necessary to tear down your tank all the way? If you have a properly functiong biological filter & clean the gravel/change the water regulraly, there is absolutely no need to do this( unless your moving or barring some major catastrophe).

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    I still say if you checked your water parms you may find an answer, Severums are sensitive to water conditions thus more easily stressed than a lot of other fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishguy66
    You should never have to tear down your tank all the way, & this might be why he's shy. I have experienced cichlids responding in a negative manner like this from moving structure around in the tank, & some never get over it. Can I ask why you feel it is necessary to tear down your tank all the way? If you have a properly functiong biological filter & clean the gravel/change the water regulraly, there is absolutely no need to do this( unless your moving or barring some major catastrophe).
    This is going to be an excuse but it is the truth. I have had a pretty crazy last two semisters in school, and with that I have not done my best with my tank. Regular water changes was about the extent of what I was able to get done. The regular cleaning of algae from the sides got out of hand and I couldnt get the scrubber to get it off. Also I was getting tired of the sand in the tank it constantly looked dirty. So I decided I had to fix it. This tank is in my living room and I dont like having a dirty looking tank when guests come over. So I just decided to take it down and get it back to perfect.
    However this problem started more than a year before I ever did this. This has been a problem for a long time because of a roommate and then the death of a tank mate. My other sev doesnt have any problem at all with the tear down nor do any other fish. And the sev that is hiding is acting the same as he has been. I understand you shouldnt tear down your tank but since this is only the second time I have done this in the last 3 years this tank has been up, once for moving and this time I dont think I need a lecture over how tearing down a tank is bad. I have been in this hobby for a long time and know how this works. Its not like I cleaned the filter at the same time and destroyed the benificial bacteria. I'm a agriculture teacher who had a class on aquaculture for petes sake, Im no expert but I definately know the cycle of a tank.
    That being said I will check my parms asap and see if this has anything to do with it but since the other sev doesnt have a problem I doubt that is it. But I like to listen to others advice and take it when I can. That is why I ask here, because I know no matter how long I am in the hobby I havent had every experience and I try to build my experience on the wealth of knowledge of others.
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    I wasn't trying to lecture you, just trying to be helpful.

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