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natalie
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fishy behaviour
« on: May 06, 2009, 10:22:41 AM »

i had two black moores in my tank
all they did was sleep all day next to each other untill one died
we got three new ones and put them in and all they ever do is sleep all day long!!!! they come up for food when their fed, it dosent seem normal that they sleep so much though....
one of the fish got trapped between the filter and wall of tack and his tail is bent and he keeps swimming around in circles.... will he get better?Huh
please if some one knows how i can help these wierd fish please write back!!!!!!!!
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jk
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Re: fishy behaviour
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 10:36:42 AM »

Can you tell us what your tank size is and whether or not the water has been conditioned (treated to remove chloramine and chlorine ). Is there a water filter and were the fish active at the store before you bought them.

It usually not normal for fish to not move and be active unless they are sick. Do you see any white spots on them, open sores, red blood streaks, tail and fin rot, etc?
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natzlev
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Re: fishy behaviour
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009, 10:42:02 AM »

our tank it is 22 liters and they are small fish! the water has been conditioned. and yes they fish were active and there was a water filter. they just go to sleep and every one we asked (we called the pet shop and asked people who have had fish) if fish sleep this much and they said as long as they eat their ok.... and no they all look totally healthy except joey who got caught today and now hes just flowting around cuz hes tails bent.....its so wierd i dont know what to do
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natzlev
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Re: fishy behaviour
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2009, 10:43:15 AM »

thanx for answering by the way i really appreciate it!!!!!!
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jk
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Re: fishy behaviour
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2009, 11:07:06 AM »

Pet stores often have a two week return policy on fish purchases, so you can return them for an exchange if they should die.  Most reputable pet stores will quarantine their newly arrived fish and treat them for illnesses  before they sell them, but the bad ones do not. If it's a bad store they could have sold you fish that were already infected and sick.  

It wouldn't hurt to do a large water change also or complete water change. Make sure you condition the new water and that it's about the same temperature as the old water or else it could stress the fish. You can also do a salt treatment to see if it helps.  Add uniodized table salt or aquarium salt at about 1 teaspoon per gallon. The salt will help to kill any bacteria or viruses that could be harming the fish.

Change the water every day or two until the problem is understood
and solved. Keep an eye on the fish to see if there is any improvement.
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natzlev
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Re: fishy behaviour
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2009, 11:26:22 AM »

at the store they gave us bacteria fluids to add to the water>? wouldnt the salt kill that too?Huh??
you seem to know more than the shop so ill def try it!!!! thank you so much for taking the time to answer me!!!!
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arajess
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Re: fishy behaviour
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2009, 11:23:53 PM »

How can you tell if they are sleeping,how do they do that?Undecided
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asorvia
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Re: fishy behaviour
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2009, 09:49:52 PM »

having devoted most of my time to fish and goldfish specifically, i feel as though i should answer this.
fish do not sleep the way humans do; although we sleep while our breathing is controlled by the spinal cord and subconscious processes, fish do not have such a system. there are two kinds of fish sleep patterns, and all others are mere shoot offs of one type or the other. the first type is where a fish will hang suspended in the water column of the tank, moving as little as possible, drifting with the water currents, allowing themselves to float near each other but never to make contact. the other type of fish sleeping pattern is to actually rest on the floor of the tank on rocks and stuff directly-these fish will rarely move if at all when they are sleeping. in both cases, fins are extended for maximum control and steering as well as stability. in the type number one fish, called the suspended, the most prominent fins to be extended are the pelvic and the dorsal; the pectoral will be held parallel to the floor of the aquarium and moved more often than any other fin.
in type number two, called bottom fish, the two pair of fins extended are the pectoral and the dorsal-the fins most commonly moved are the pectoral and the pelvic simultaneously so that the fish "hops" up and bounces. these fish can sleep close together or very far apart, sometimes even varying depending on their own schedules. i have even heard of one strange fish which perches in the center of a specific plastic fern in his tank ad sleeps there no matter where the fern is placed.
fish do not "sleep" when it is light outside their tank.the production of sleep inducing chemicals is disrupted by light, which is how they wake up in the morning or if you turn their light on hideously early. if a fish is on the bottom not moving except for his gills during the daytime hours, there is not enough water circulating around in your tank. goldfish are lazy; they do not swim if they don't have to. therefore, if there is a spot of water your fish congregate when they are not engaged, then that is where there is least water circulation.
to remedy, you need to arrange the stuff in the tank so that water moves everywhere consistently.
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