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lock jaw in cichlids

I've seen this condition in Cyprichromis cichlids from Tanganyika.
It looks like a piece of cartilage 'locks' or becomes dislocated,
forcing the mouth open.

I've never saved a fish with this problem.
I've never been able to figure out why it happened either.

Dominic Stones
Richmond Hill Ontario

>--- Original Message ---
>From: Zack Wilson <aquamaniac@earthlink.net>
>To: <apisto@listbox.com>
>Date: 4/22/02 10:01:36 AM

>I've seen no aggression from the fils whatsoever, and the others
I didn't
>observe doing any jaw-locking. The fish would appear fine, then
all of a
>sudden they would have this lock-jaw condition. They appeared
fine in other
>respects--aside from the stressed look of having their mouth
gaping open.
>I think I remember this happening to one of my cacatuoides,
and than also to
>a bitaeniata at some other point.
>I do remember this being discussed a good while back, but can't
remember if
>there was any consensus on what it was, other than annoying.

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