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Vicloz2006
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Acting strange
« on: June 16, 2012, 07:23:29 PM »

Just went to feed Flash and Merle and they were just hiding in the corner which is very unusual for them. I haven't tested the water yet as it is 1:20am and I am up early in the morning to take my partner to work. I will test it in the morning and tell you the results and do a 50% water change. Normal though if it is problems with the water they have their dorsal fins down but they don't seem to have them down at the moment. Could it be something else upsetting them. I do have a cat but she has never bothered my fish before but then again she hasn't seen a tank or fish so big before and I don't think they could see her. Could she be upsetting them?
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2012, 07:30:34 PM »

Not sure if it is the cat or not, but best to always do a water test to see if any parameter is off, anytime you think something might be amiss and then a water change accordingly. Smiley
Wow I'm jealous you have a blk comet which I am told by a dealer are very rare.  always wanted one for my pond but haven't found one.  Probably would be hard to see tho. Cheesy
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2012, 04:59:13 AM »

Could it be that you simply woke them up? Since you're up earlier than usual Smiley
My goldfish are very active in mornings, but it's noticeable if I start messing about earlier than their light goes on that they're still acting sleepy and usually are bunched up together on their bedroom-side of the tank.

Still, test and change the water, just to be sure Smiley
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2012, 05:55:25 AM »

Nossie, you could be on to something.I once switched on the tank light when my goldies wee asleep; they went mental Shocked
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2012, 06:11:33 AM »

Their light usually goes on at 1am tbh. I tested the water and the nitrate was at 5ppm and ammonia was at 0.25 so I have done a 50% water change for them. Should hopefully sort it. I will test the water again tomorrow to make sure the nitrate has gone down.
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2012, 07:12:12 AM »

The nitrate shouldn't be a problem at that level; It is the ammonia that you need to watch
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2012, 04:32:51 PM »

I will test that again aswell just to make sure it has gone aswell. Thanks.
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2012, 05:56:05 AM »

I tested again this morning and they are both still up a bit more than I am happy with so I did another 50% water change. The only other thing is they have suddenly decided they don't like the light. What could have coursed this? What can I do to solve this?
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2012, 07:47:41 AM »

When there is ammonia present it is very irritating to their gills and skin.  You might even see them flashing.
Because of this the light might irritate them a bit too.  To protect their gills you may want to add salt to the tank until it is cycled.
If there is ammonia present and nitrites are zero, then your tank is not cycled for some reason.
Have you check your filters to see if they are functioning properly and not clogged?  Add some bacterial booster right to your filter media. You'll have to do daily water changes to keep the ammonia in their water down.
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2012, 08:57:42 AM »

Please DO NOT add salt, it interferes with the osmotic process in freshwater fish

 Adding salt increases the osmotic pressure and can and does,poison freshwater fish ;basically it increase the uptake of nitrates & nitrites..This myth/practice has come about (I think) because salt-water species are more nitrite/nitrate tolerant, so hobbyists think salt is good...sorry but that's just rubbish

Don't worry, even magazines like Practical fishkeeping spout utter B*llocks when it comes to water chemistry.....

The secret is...change the water...simples Grin
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2012, 05:02:51 PM »

I keep changing the water I have done the last 2 days. I think I know why they don't like the light being on. I keep my curtains perminantly closed to make sure they get no direct sunlight but today I realised that where they are the light that shines in through the landing window hits their tank if I leave my bedroom door open and I have been leaving it open the last three/four days. So yeah mental check keep bedroom door shut.
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2012, 06:50:13 PM »

Could also be that the tank isn't completely stable yet since you just recently upgraded the tank Smiley

Keep calm and do a lot of water changes Wink
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2012, 02:18:56 AM »

Well the seem better today haven't tested the water yet this morning going to do that in a little while, but they aren't scared of the light now. It must have been the light from the window upsetting them to begin with mixed with the water quality been off. Poor guys.
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2012, 08:01:16 PM »

I have cleaned them out everyday and ammonia and nitrates are at 0, I also kept the door shut everyday since I realised the positioning problem and now my big boys are back to normal. They are currently swimming around their tank and then munching on their cucumber then swimming again lol. They are eating normally again too. They were still eating but only things that sank to the bottom of their tank now they will eat their pellets again from the top of their tank and they will eat their cucumber again which they wernt interested in last week. They are my big beautiful boys again. Thanks for all the help and advice everyone have me.
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2012, 08:11:28 PM »

That's good to hear.  Glad they are doing well and are back to normal. Smiley
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2012, 05:28:00 AM »

have you got a background...they like to feel secure...a quick fix is to wrap black bin bags round the sides and the back of the tank...this will a) help your fish feel more secure b) block out extraneous light c) enhance your fishes colours Grin
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Re: Acting strange
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2012, 01:15:02 PM »

I have a dark blue background, I love it, my red goldies really pop against that Smiley
It makes the tank look more complete if it has a background too.
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