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  1. Hey fish friends! Have you guys ever had a pair of rams bond and then suddenly “break up?” I'm new to rams and had my pair for a month now. They were inseparable, cleaning off rocks and her belly was so pink and large I thought she might explode! Now, the male is overzealous about breeding and is stressing out the female to the point where her head turned black and she was hiding behind the filter breathing heavily. I think she re-absorbed the eggs because she's barely bloated anymore and the belly is only slightly pink. It might be worth mentioning that I brought home the female with a male she'd been bonding with at the store, but he passed shortly after; she became really restless and constantly glass-surfed until I got this male for her. I separated her in a mesh breeder box and she recovered pretty quickly once she realized he couldn’t get to her anymore. The next morning she was trying to swim to him, so I released her. They were fine until nighttime and I had to separate again. What can I do? Would adding another female/pair help? I can probably do that, if so! I have a spare 10 gallon I can set up if separation is the only option, but when they're separated they act so restless! I've attached a pic of her being normal and a pick of her when she turned super dark hiding. O wise ram gods, give me some wisdom! 😂
  2. In this topic we will try to track and record with precision the breeding of the Rhinogobius species! Fotos are very accepted!!
  3. Happy Monday All! I just noticed one of my pea puffers doing a lot of glass surfing. Is this normal? She's eating well and looks fine. I checked tank parameters and they're good and stable. Tank temp: 75 Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrates: ~40 pH: 7.6 Water change once a week ~30 percent but last change was ~50 percent deep cleaning Feeding a rotation of frozen blood worms, frozen brine shrimp gut loaded with spirulina, snails. Feed small amounts twice a day. In a moderately planted 10g with one male and two other females. No signs of aggression or odd behavior with the others.
  4. Just what the title says. I'm new to cichlids so I don't really know what I should do, if anything. The blood parrot just laid eggs a few days ago, and allowed the acara to come in and out of the cave she spawned in, which I thought was odd. Then the acara started showing off for her, doing little flicking dances and staying close to her. Now they're lip locking. Will it resolve itself, and just keep an eye on them? Should I move him outright? I'm worried about him hurting her.
  5. I bred guppies before as a teenager (20ish years ago), but only for a few years before I moved to other species. I decided about a year ago to keep one of the designer strands of guppies (Red Dragon, Dumbo Ear). They've been thriving, as guppies do. This morning, I found one of my oldest females dead. I saw the body in a big bolbitis heudelotii that my amanos always hang out in. I decided to leave it in for half a day or so just in case anyone wanted a little extra protein in their diet. Tank is heavy planted, established, balanced. It can easily handle a small dead fishs' bioload. Anyway, long story short, one of my younger, just fully matured male guppies became territorial around the body of the dead female. I watched over the course of a few hours, as I worked on my computer next to the tank, as he chased off any other guppy that came near the corpse while he continuously nibbled on it. I've never seen territorial "food aggression" in guppies before. I've seen them be voracious eaters in large groups, but never territorial in this way. THE KICKER: it was conspecific aggression; he was only aggressive towards other guppies. I have a school of coryadoras in there, and he was fine with them to cruise by in their derpy little way, with no aggression towards them at all. Anyway, I know this is a bit of a long post --just curious if anyone has experienced behavior like this before. I found it fascinating.
  6. My 7 false julii cory keep flashing in the sand. I saw some of my Chili Rasbora do the same so I treated with paracleanse. Problem solved for the rasboras but not the corydoras - they still do it occasionally. The treatment also left the water a bit white ish. Today, they keep shooting up to gulp for air. I know it’s a normal behavior but they are doing it much more frequently. I have a sponge filter and good aeration. And one of them keep hovering above ground but won’t settle. He just swim not erratic or anything but just won’t settle, sometimes just swimming in place, or pacing from side to side. Yet others corydoras are breeding in the same tank. It’s a community tank. Population : 1 honey gourami, 5 otocinclus, 10 chili rasbora, 7 false julii cory, 4 nerita snails. Cycled, planted, temp about 75, ph 6.6, kh 0, gh 300, 0/0/0 WC + gravel siphon every week or 2 weeks depending. Filter is an aqueon hang on back quietflow 20.
  7. Does anyone else have some grumpy / moody / shy fish that rarely get much notice? Here’s an old Apisto that skulks around all day... And here’s another one who hates to be in public... Here’s a Geophagus Heckelii who hates everyone ever since he lost a fight... And here’s “junior” who grew facial hair during COVID, and refuses to shave...
  8. I had about 2 dozen ottos in planted community tank that, over the course of about year, all disappeared. I started feeling guilty that perhaps I neglected feeding them enough, even though I have been feeding Repashy super green somewhat regularly. I thought maybe they were stressed by all the other rambunctious fish (lots of barb species). Or maybe they are just as fragile as people say. I thought -- am I really just using these like a disposable cleanup crew? Clean up the algae outbreak, then good luck to ya, you're on your own. However, in the middle of last night, I had to grab something from the room where my aquarium sits. When I turned on the light, there were all the ottos -- I quickly counted at least a dozen -- lounging around on sword leaves, manzanita wood branches, hanging off the glass. What gives? Why do they snub me all day long and then wait till I'm fast asleep to come out and party? (Hmmm . . . come to think of it . . .where the heck are my corys? I know there is at least 2 dozen of those ever multiplying little buggers in there!)
  9. So up until this point, I was almost sure both of these fish were males. I saw them doing this today. I have never bred my fish, but I have absolutely no clue what they could be doing besides that. I have a couple questions: 1. How do I sex these? They are gold honey gouramis. They seem to be about the same color, and I am not quite sure how to sex them by looking at their fins. 2. There is no bubble nest in the tank at this point. Will the male (whichever turns out to be the male) make one after they have bred? Is it possible that they hatch eggs without using a bubble nest? Could they have a nest hidden somewhere under one of the plants at the bottom of the tank? Apologies for the bad quality, but this is the only time I was able to catch them doing it on video.
  10. Hello again! So, my fish have been together for a little while now... My gourami is not a peaceful guy. He killed the other gourami, and now he's terrorizing my tetras. I am not sure what to do with him. Would I be the worst if i put him into my parents tank with some Blood Parrots? Or would I be better off setting him up, alone, in a 10 gallon? I have a 5 set up, but I feel like it's too small? Any advice would be great. Thank you! Edited to add: He's a pearl gourami.
  11. I've kept many species and seen aggression from almost everything, many non-pike cichlids, two types of dwarf pike cichlids, variatus platys, plecos, wild bettas, etc s ome of which have ended in major injury. Plecos in particular are pretty vicious fighting over caves in my experience. That leads me to think freshwater puffers might be getting get a bad reputation. I work with the hairy puffer pao baileyi (now paired up) who never had a fight since arrival in 2018, and seperately have the mekong river puffer pao palustris in a colony that has now been in the fishroom for a month or two. Are Pao puffers really total murder machines who need solitary confinement in all instances or are they the victims of a reputation that might be amplified by how the exist in the hobby? A few of my 6 pao palustris colony definately chase each other from time to time and give some quick though intense "mouth hugs". I would bet those are probably territorial arguments. They end fairly quickly once line of sight is lost and everyone moves back to the cave or plant roots they call home. My current belief is they arent trying to fight to the death since they are all doing well eating, exploring, general puffering, and there has been only superficial scrapes thusfar. Those arguments have become less frequent as they have settled into defined territories. The attached short video clip is from earlier and is the palustris colony's typical feeding response to frozen krill. They even feed with a bit of a pecking order and exhibit some personal preference for certain foods. I have also observed both of those behaviors in my hairy puffers. Is the reputation of the ambush puffers based on research, a built in margin of safety due to their cost and how they are sold to hobbyists, aquarium legend, something else ? Am I just lucky with the 9 individuals over 2 Pao species I've kept so far? What say you nerms?
  12. I have what I believe are rosy barbs in my little 40 gallon tub. Tossed them in for some color.theyre doing this and I've never bred barbs before so not sure the breeding characteristics of them. Anyone have ideas? Rosy barbs
  13. So after my last beautiful betta died I gave it a good year and some. Recently got a female. She is displaying the eagerness to interact with me. I've heard of people training bettas, seen a couple videos in the past. Anyone here have any personal experience? Is there a trick that's easy to train? Good tools to use?
  14. I have a female gold panda molly that seemingly has mood swings. She will swim around being just fine, seemingly coupling around with my male mickey platy. They even show mating behavior and seem to attempt to mate at times. Then she seems to turn on him as if they have had a quarrel and she chases him and bullies him around the tank until he hides to get away from her. She was pecking at my plecos head this morning, and has never really messed with the pleco before. LOL Rebecca
  15. Looking for some advice on Siamese flying fox and bristlenose pleco behaviours. My new SFF seems to gently "nibble" the pleco, it all appears quite friendly for now and no aggression has been shown. Both are quite young animals. Im not sure if hes sizing him up for a possible snack at a later date (highly unlikely) or being friendly due to lack of other tank mates (theres only those 2 plus a few cherry shrimp in the tank at the moment while I decide what to stock it with long term, and the tank establishes) He could also be nibbling the possible aufwuchs on the plecos body, I'm not sure what the go is. Any help appreciated thanks.
  16. So I recently saw this video saying this fish liked being picked up and I am having a hard time figuring it out and I was hoping someone here would know also no this isn’t my video https://youtube.com/shorts/Yf6Q2up8eiM?feature=share
  17. I noticed the larger of my two Zebra Danios playing tag with the SAEs. What I originally thought to be aggression seems to be more like play. The larger Danio seems to occasionally enjoy chasing any fish in the tank for a short sprint before breaking off and swimming away. I haven't seen any physical contact. I thought this was some sort of aggression until I saw the Danio chasing the SAEs. When one is chased the others will follow until the first SAE stops for a snack. The pursuing SAEs will stop and stare down the aggressor until the Danio chases one of them. The game continues until the Danio loses interest or the SAEs stop to graze.
  18. Hey all! As a mental health professional, I was curious about what the world thinks about fish from a biopsychosocial standpoint and found an article a couple years old: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/fish-have-feelings-too/ I'm curious what y'all think! Do fish have feelings? How do you know?
  19. Hey bought 4 dory's.one of them seems to hide and stay to himself,,,,,the others full of energy,,,,,,,had them in the tank over a month now
  20. Hello, first time apisto owner. I have apisto macmasteri and I have been noticing breeding behavior. Lots of flaring, she is more yellow and showing the tank boss her belly. She is staying more in the location of the cave, but do they come out of the cave if they have eggs they are tending to, or are they like male plecos that stay with them. I don’t want to disturb her aquarium coop hut haha. pictured is my male thanks!
  21. 55gl 4 months old at 80ish, one canister, one hang on the back with aragonite and a mesh filter bag. stocking, duckweed, hornwort, bell pepper and an unknown plant. pestnails, 12 MTS, 10ish guppies 3 Pilates 4 Molly's and a 7-in pleco, (bad test strip ph7.2) retest 4x ph6.4, gh 300+, kh 120ish. A 0, NI 0, NA 30-40 Does anyone know why my guppies and platys are all hiding up in the corner directly under the outlet of the canister filter, cuz the Molly's and the Pleco are still running around just fine only changed 5gl 3 days ago and the only thing different is I did not add salt back to the water I changed, and some of them are diving to the bottom and rubbing into the sand like trying to wipe something off of themselves for about a week, hence why I changed water and did not add salt, so I don't know what they're doing, do 1 of y'all of know (edit 3 I think I have bad strips and kits, strip 1 ph 7.2 - 7.6 strips 2,3,4,5, 6.4, 7.6 6.4 6.4, api test kit low ph sold 7.6, high ph 7.8 maybe a 8, so still idk I guess the mystery just gets thicker)
  22. I have 7-8 Chili Rasbora in my 15 gallons flex planted aquarium. They are housed with 14 green neon tetra, 3 clown killifish, 3 nerita and about 10 shrimps. Temp is 75, pH 7.4, 0/0/20, gh 7 and kh 4. They are most of the time gathered together in one corner of the tank, swimming in place. None of the other fishes seem to bully them. In the picture, you can see them all in the top right corner where they stay most of the day. where there are no floating plants. The killifish are all over the place and the green neon prefers to swim in and around the plants on the left. I was wondering if it’s a normal behavior for my Chili? Are they afraid of something? I have a 20 gallons with same parameters currently housing 1 honey gourami (soon to add a 2nd and 2-3 otocinclus). Should I move the Chili in that tank, and increase their number to 12 (but according to aquadvisor, I would be at 112% of capacity but still over 125% filtration capacity). I do 20-30% WC each week. This is the 20 gallons.
  23. Hey everybody! Over the years, I have found some fish act abnormally to their common descriptions. For me, I have had friendly bettas to devil guppies. I wanted to make this post to show my puffer's latest hobby and hear other people's experiences/ stories. Bob the schoutedeni puffer is a semi aggressive fish. When he first came home with me, he did not bother the plants nor the other fish. Now days he's a pair of scissors in the water, cutting plants like a gardener with an over grown shrub. The weird thing is, he only snips plants that are either crypts or vals, he leaves all other plants alone. You can see him being proud of his leaf mess. I know the red plant isn't a crypt or val, the pleco managed to uproot it. Please share your stories of funny behavior from your fish, I would love to hear them!
  24. My betta has been acting unusual the past couple days by not showing any interest in eating. He just watches the food float on by. Fasted him for a day. Tried again and the same thing happened. Water parameters are all normal. But a thought came to mind. He recently built a rather thick bubble nest. My understanding is that this usually happens when they're ready to mate. The nest in the past few days has started going away. He's not working on it anymore. Could his behavior be related to the end of his "ready to mate" mode? And he'll soon get back to his usual diet? Or is there no correlation? Otherwise he's still pretty active. Doesn't show any outward signs of being sick. In the mean time, I raised the temp. Got rid of the polypad to let the IAL tannins do its thing. (the IAL developed mulm. Is that a concern?) in hopes if it's just constipation, it'll pass. I was just curious if there's any relation between post-bubble nesting and behavior of a betta.
  25. Hey all, this is my first time keeping a betta? So I want to know if this is normal behavior, he likes to just lay down on the bottom of the tank. He does this a lot. It started approx a week ago. Before that he was almost always swimming in the water column or flaring at his reflection. I checked water parameters: ph 7.4 nitrite and ammonia 0 Nitrate 20-30ppm gh 150 kh 40 he also eats fine. He prefers to pick the food off the ground and doesn’t intercept in the water column very often. When he does swim, he doesn’t have any issues. the only other behavior I have noticed is he will occasionally flash on the decor. No skin/fin abnormalities that I can see. let me know if he is being normal or if this is something I need to be concerned about. thanks, derek
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