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post #1 of 15 Old 08-16-2010, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone ever notice their fish sun bathing?

I have been putting a clamp light on my Cabomba again to get it to perk up after the devastation that my Leporinus caused them. I have noticed that whenever I do this my Tiger Babs and on occasion my Gourami all come and hang out in the direct light. The Barbs will float head down, sleeping in the light for hours. I left it on most of the day and for most of the day, they have been in and out of that light. They rest in the light for about a 1/2 hour then swim around for a bit and come back to the light.

I wonder if other's notice their fish enjoying the light. I assume the warmth but my tank is set at 79 degrees which is good for Barbs. Even my Gourami seems to enjoy hanging in the light which is funny when reading most of the fish descriptions many read that they like dark areas to hide.

Are my fish just weird, or do others enjoy the sunlight (in this case clamp light) ?
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-16-2010, 08:37 PM
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Yup - your fish are weird.

Just kidding of course but I've never experienced anything like that.

Then again, the only time there is a diff. light source is when I do water changes with a standing lamp over the tank. They're only inerested in trying to hide out while I siphon the gravel.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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Yup - your fish are weird.

Just kidding of course but I've never experienced anything like that.

Then again, the only time there is a diff. light source is when I do water changes with a standing lamp over the tank. They're only inerested in trying to hide out while I siphon the gravel.

I fear you are right, my fish ARE weird. When I siphon the gravel my Barbs and Gourami are by the siphon like "Hey, what are you doing?" I actually have had to take my other hand and scoot them away because I am afraid the suction could hurt them. Once I had a Barb swim up into the gravel tube but he came back out. Almost gave me a heart attack though.

I wish I could get a picture right now. They are in the light with their heads down, tails up and backs facing me. They are all kind of lined up so it is kind of like a chorus line but they are facing the plants, not me. Even the Oto's are sucking things in the light. Maybe I should turn the heat up?
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-16-2010, 08:53 PM
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Oh man I'd love to see that. I think your temp. range is good already so I wouldn't worry about the heat being too low.

Maybe it's just the equivalent of how we feel lying on a beach chair :)

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I have been putting a clamp light on my Cabomba again to get it to perk up after the devastation that my Leporinus caused them. I have noticed that whenever I do this my Tiger Babs and on occasion my Gourami all come and hang out in the direct light. The Barbs will float head down, sleeping in the light for hours. I left it on most of the day and for most of the day, they have been in and out of that light. They rest in the light for about a 1/2 hour then swim around for a bit and come back to the light.

I wonder if other's notice their fish enjoying the light. I assume the warmth but my tank is set at 79 degrees which is good for Barbs. Even my Gourami seems to enjoy hanging in the light which is funny when reading most of the fish descriptions many read that they like dark areas to hide.

Are my fish just weird, or do others enjoy the sunlight (in this case clamp light) ?
Wait..you're using that clamp light again..lol..oh boy..

you know my golden apple snails like to sun (light bulb) bathe..I have a floating log that practically touches my light bulbs and they will ride on it ..and fall asleep there..some times they will drop off and sleep in the position they fall (but snails are weird)

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Wait..you're using that clamp light again..lol..oh boy..

you know my golden apple snails like to sun (light bulb) bathe..I have a floating log that practically touches my light bulbs and they will ride on it ..and fall asleep there..some times they will drop off and sleep in the position they fall (but snails are weird)

LOL Yeah, it is a different light and not so HOT. It also isn't anywhere near any plastic. I learned my lesson, really.

You know how when you flip a shark on it's back it goes into almost a trance... well, that is how my barbs look in the light. They are so relaxed and have that "I'm in a happy place" look on their faces. lol

You really need to get a video of your snail riding the log around the top too, that is hilarious.
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LOL Yeah, it is a different light and not so HOT. It also isn't anywhere near any plastic. I learned my lesson, really.

You know how when you flip a shark on it's back it goes into almost a trance... well, that is how my barbs look in the light. They are so relaxed and have that "I'm in a happy place" look on their faces. lol

You really need to get a video of your snail riding the log around the top too, that is hilarious.
umm so your fish are flipped on their backs? Now that would most definately be weird..

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post #8 of 15 Old 08-16-2010, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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No, No, they are upside down with their noses down and tails up. They always sleep like that but right now they are doing it in the light.
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LOL Yeah, it is a different light and not so HOT. It also isn't anywhere near any plastic. I learned my lesson, really.

You know how when you flip a shark on it's back it goes into almost a trance... well, that is how my barbs look in the light. They are so relaxed and have that "I'm in a happy place" look on their faces. lol

You really need to get a video of your snail riding the log around the top too, that is hilarious.

For now here are some pics...you can tell in the pic where he is starting to scrunch up that he is getting ready to sleep..he/she's a cutie
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post #10 of 15 Old 08-17-2010, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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That is too cute! You don't even have a top on your aquarium? I would be afraid that I would wake up some morning with a snail snoozing on my forehead or something. Reading some of the profiles on the fish I have a couple of them read "keep cover tight on tank, they jump" lol Nothing grosser and sadder then coming home and having had your fish commit suicide.
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