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Emergency Respones Needed!

I have 2 female juvi apisto's, currently growing out in a 20G tank.
Today I got back from a 3 day vacation to find one (smaller of the two) struggling badly. She still eats, however she's kind of swimming about on her side (thats when she swims, there has been very little of that). I've placed in her in a holding container so I can keep a close eye on her.
The other female is about double her size, and i've noticed she can get aggressive with the smaller (sick) female. Might this have something to do with it?

What could be the problem and what solutions might there be?
They are Apisto cacatuodies btw.
 

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Are you sure they are both females? Sounds like conspecific aggression between two males or male vs female. It could be 2 females, I take it there is no male present? If she's the "odd fish out" she'll take a beating from the dominant fish (this is normal for cichlids).

Otherwise, if the fish is wild caught it could be internal parasites. You can try medicated food (better alternative than medicating the whole tank- less stress).

Besides that, it could be nutrition problems. What are you commonly feeding?

GL.
 

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Ya, definitely two females, male is in another tank.

They are getting mostly bloodworms, with some brine shrimp on occasion.
 
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