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love_my_fish 11-27-2006 06:42 PM

phantom tetra -- too much to eat
 
Okay, so I didn't feed the neons and phantoms yesterday.... today I get home and one of my phantoms has a plant root sticking out of its mouth!

Am I better off letting it figure out what to do? SHould I try to pull it out? Don't they know better?

Here's a pic:
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/240_dumb_1.jpg

Lupin 11-27-2006 06:49 PM

Your tetra might have bitten off the plant roots sticking out of the gravel. It's quite common even in my tank where even my angelfish love to nibble on leaves and roots sticking out.

joeshmoe 11-27-2006 06:59 PM

Re: phantom tetra -- too much to eat
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by love_my_fish
Okay, so I didn't feed the neons and phantoms yesterday.... today I get home and one of my phantoms has a plant root sticking out of its mouth!

Am I better off letting it figure out what to do? SHould I try to pull it out? Don't they know better?

Here's a pic:
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/240_dumb_1.jpg

i wouldnt pull it out just leave it he'll probly eat it :wink:

bettababy 11-27-2006 07:02 PM

I agree, leave it alone, the fish will figure it out on it's own.

love_my_fish 11-30-2006 06:10 PM

update -- the root seemed to have been dealt with the next day. It started acting really weird and I thought maybe it injured itself -- it was making quick motions like rubbing on things, swimming on its side for a day or so. All okay now!

Kathryn 12-01-2006 02:01 PM

I'm glad to hear it's cleared up. :)
My phantoms often swim round with bloodworm on their mouths for ages, before they actually eat it!! :D


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