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iamntbatman 08-17-2008 07:36 PM

Guppy sick? Or just lazy?
My male guppy has been acting weird the past couple of days. He just sits on the bottom of the tank, motionless (except for the breathing motions). He has no other signs of illness. When I stick my finger near him or if one of the females bumps into him, he "wakes up" and starts behaving normally.

These are normally pretty active fish, and I've never seen them "sleep" before. I know some of my other fish tend to just kind of sit in one spot at night while they sleep, so is he just being lazy and sleeping during the day, or does this sound like he's sick?

The tank is a 5g hex. Water parameters are zero ammonia and nitrite, about 15 ppm nitrate, pH 7.2, temp 78. Haven't checked the hardness lately. The other occupants are 2 female guppies and a pond snail.

onefish2fish 08-21-2008 12:43 AM

hangin out in a corner, by itselt usually means sickness and if you want to get technical its called lethargic
this can be a symptom of many sicknesses so it would be hard to tell, especially since no other signs are being shown, your best bet is just to keep you eye on the guy. ( i guess there could be a lazy fish, although ive never experienced it )
its been 3 days hows he hangin?

iamntbatman 08-21-2008 12:54 AM

He's still acting pretty lethargic, but still no signs of other illness. Usually this guy's zipping around the tank or trying to mate with the females constantly, but he's been just sort of sitting in one place treading water for a few days. He still perks up at meal times, though.

onefish2fish 08-21-2008 12:58 AM

hmm :dunno:
i know how those male guppies get, they cant keep to themselves, i separated my males and females.. after they drop the next batch of fry though ill prob. put em back together
i mean its obvious somethings wrong, but its weird that he's not showing any other symptoms of anything and excepting food.

maybe a severe case of depression? :lol:

1077 08-21-2008 04:12 AM

Are you crumbling up the food really well? As I'm sure you Know some fish food especially Flake expands up to three or four times the amount offered. He may just be a little bloated?

iamntbatman 08-21-2008 09:00 PM

He doesn't look bloated at all. He doesn't eat nearly as much food as the females, who are absolute pigs. Today, still lethargic, but still no other signs of illness. He's still eating as usual.

zerlinafish 08-24-2008 02:51 PM

What is it with Guppies :roll: ??!! I woke up really early this morning, and my guppies were "laying" on the bottom of the tank too, and now they are zippy and normal and eating. I wish I could get into their little guppy minds...


okiemavis 08-24-2008 03:32 PM

Perhaps internal parasites? Does he look skinny?

Zerlinafish, it's normal for them to be lying on the ground in the morning, they're probably just still sleeping, especially if the lights haven't gone on yet. They don't have very good eyesight in the dark, so they need to stay put or they'll swim into things.

iamntbatman 08-24-2008 07:12 PM

He's definitely not as chubby as his female friends, but he looks to be about the right size for an adult male guppy.

iamntbatman 09-10-2008 01:50 PM

Just a little follow-up: I only do weekly 50% water changes on this tank, as the nitrates never break about 15 ppm. Even though all of my water parameters were perfectly fine, right after the scheduled water change the little guy perked right up. He's been back to his old, guppy-casanova self ever since.

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