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post #1 of 3 Old 12-10-2011, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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strange glass catfish behavior (video)

We took a video of our glass cats doing some strange behavior yesterday right after feeding time. They were shimmying and rubbing against each other almost playfully. Theyre a great bunch of 5 that have NEVER shown aggression towards each other or other fish. We love these guys!

We have a 45g, all normal water parameters.

Here's the video, has anyone else seen similar behavior? I've read that breeding is 'unconfirmed outside of the natural habitat' but is this true?

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post #2 of 3 Old 12-11-2011, 08:52 AM
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We took a video of our glass cats doing some strange behavior yesterday right after feeding time. They were shimmying and rubbing against each other almost playfully. Theyre a great bunch of 5 that have NEVER shown aggression towards each other or other fish. We love these guys!

We have a 45g, all normal water parameters.

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I could only see the video in a small window view. What comes to mind is that I've only seen these fish in the mid or upper water column level. Is it possible they are stressed? That could be why they are under the rocks. I really don't know much about these fish, but I would rule out breeding behavior, as that is less likely than some other factor. I think you should just continue to observe. How long have you had them? What do you keep the temperature at? You really should post your water parameters, just for more information to give others. You have them with some tetras, so perhaps the tetras are too active, and that is why they are on the bottom? I'm just guessing. Hopefully someone else will help you.

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post #3 of 3 Old 12-11-2011, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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ph 7.2-7.4
ammonia 0ppm
nitrite 0ppm
nitrate <5ppm
temp 77deg
hardness: I don't have a test kit for this but my LFS tested it and said it "wasn't that hard"

the tank (45gal, 4 months established):
5 glass cats
5 cory cats
8 neon tetra
6 pristella tetra
3 swordtails
1 bn pleco
1 amano shrimp
1 bamboo shrimp
1 assassin snail

live plants...

We used to have 7 larger fruit tetra, they were the larger fish in the tank, and swam around the mid level, and I could see how the glass cats could feel cramped by their presence, but theyve been gone for a while now. Since theyve left the glass cats come out of the caves much more, 3 of them school freely outside the cave all the time. The other two poke out and swim with the others then swim back into the cave. In the evening they all school nicely outside the cave in the plants. They all comfortably come to the top for feeding time. The only fish that I see disrupt the glass cats are the swordtails, they swim around all parts of the tank, the male constantly follows the females around trying to show off to them, and sometimes they swim through the caves with no caution.
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