03-04-2012, 04:50 PM
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The driftwood has "some" light so maybe I should hollow it out some more? I bought the driftwood from my LFS and I manually hollowed it out because they didn't have any hollow ones. I'll give it a go and see how it works out.
My water is ok, he is not gasping for air and there are no diseases in my tank as far as I can tell (no parasites sticking off any fish, no ick, etc).
He's a very active guy and is amazing to watch when he's in prowling mode. They are only a few bucks and if you do decide to get one and are great additions to any community tank. I feed this guy only when I turn the lights off because he will not eat during the day no matter how active he is for some reason. I feed him a combination of fish flakes, bloodworms, & shrimp pellets (on a schedule ofcourse). He's hardy and fat so I'm sure he's healthy.
One other interesting thing I've noticed though is he has really taken a liking to the Pleco I have in the tank. My pleco spends most of it's time on top of the driftwood or inside the sunken ship that I have and the Raphael always follows him.
Originally Posted by mandi85710
I did some research and there are some cases when they do come out during the day. Some just like to change it up a little. Have you checked your water? Does he have any spots on him or anything that makes him look like he is sick? The piece of driftwood you have is it completely dark in there for him or is there still some light? If there is still light in it then that could be why. Some research I looked at said that it can throw off their cycle if it is not completely dark. I don't know how but just going off of an hours worth of research.
As long as your water levels are good and he is moving around and not jut laying in one spot constantly or looking like he is gasping for air and he has no spots on him then he is just being curious.
Also another reason I found that they can do this is if they are not getting enough to eat. I am sure that is not the issue but I am just giving you all of the info that I have gotten.
Well hopefully I have helped you some with this. I try and help the best I can with a lot of research. I love learning a lot of new things about different types of fish and also now thinking about getting one of these guys b/c they are very interesting and seem to be great and would go well in my new 30G tank.
Good luck with him and let me know if you need anymore info and I can look up whatever and research some more for you if you would like. I have all the time in the world I had surgery so I am stuck in bed for a month.
But it gives me time to help people.