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RascalGoneWild 04-20-2009 05:58 PM

Sordtail acting strange
 
i've noticed that Ashes (my sowrdtail) is acting strange. She used to be all over the place and now she stays near the bottom. she loves to eat and play in the sand pit i have. And when she takes a dump it looks like she has a hard time pushing it out considering it stays in her for a while as she swims around. I'm half wondering if she could be pregnant though i'm not sure how that could happen since she lives with a male betta so Im not sure if they would breed with eachother. any advice on why shes acting this way?

wumpus 04-20-2009 07:34 PM

Hotmember
 
my swordtail, Hotmember always swam near the bottom and never really got to the food in before the other fish so if the betta is very active maybe give Ashes some sinking pellets and he will eventually be back on flakes or whatever he is already on.

adiumroot 04-23-2009 02:36 PM

If you mean you can see the feces hanging from behind the fish while it swims around, I think that could be a symptom of overfeeding. How often do you feed your fish? I don't know the exact requirements of swordtails and bettas but the general rule is feed only as much as the fish can eat in 5-10 minutes.

bigali 04-23-2009 03:03 PM

my male molly was having a similar problem with his poop. i stoped feeding him as much at oince and spread the feeding out twice over the day and he seems o have his poop float off more freely now.. However my platy wa swiming near the bottom and often sitting on the bottom and he wound up dead...

RascalGoneWild 05-20-2009 08:10 AM

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Originally Posted by adiumroot (Post 189990)
If you mean you can see the feces hanging from behind the fish while it swims around, I think that could be a symptom of overfeeding. How often do you feed your fish? I don't know the exact requirements of swordtails and bettas but the general rule is feed only as much as the fish can eat in 5-10 minutes.

Well i feed her a pinch of flake food once a day in the morning. But that girl sure can eat. She eats anything and everything. including alge, her poop & even the betta's tail.


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