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DragonFish 05-12-2009 06:16 PM

Female Guppy Acting Odd...
Well I've had my little group of six guppies for a while now, but recently decided to move them over to my 20 gallon after the arrival of my Cichlids. They practically have the tank to themselves save for a little cory, mini pleco, and one old Tetra whom doesn't seem to want to kick the bucket(even though its other group mates have been eaten/died...)
Anyway one of my females has suddenly started acting a little odd. Shes constantly sitting on the bottom of the tank, alive but unmotivated to move even when the others swim around her. Curious about it, I netted her and stuck her in the breeder to get a better look at her. Outwardly she showed no signs of injury or sickness and seemed to want to leave the breeder, so I let her go.....and back to the bottom. Pregnancy and getting ready to give birth are options I had considered, but I don't see how seeing as she has shown not a single physical sign of being pregnant. Her belly hasn't gotten any larger since the day I got her and there is no dark coloring to her stomach.
My heater also broke yesterday and the temp in the tank has been fluctuating a bit, but everyone else seems perfectly fine. Also did about a 35% water change yesterday, but I don't see how that could affect this lone guppy negatively.
Any suggestions as to what might be wrong? I'm very confused. I can provide pics of her too, if need be...

MonsiuerPercy1 05-21-2009 03:56 PM

I am not sure why this is happening, but usually guppies are able to pull through most everything so I wouldn't worry about it. Maybe she is in a depression....:-P

eileen 05-22-2009 12:45 PM

Was the water parameters ok like Ammonia, PH, Nitrite, and Nitrate. Sometimes when you move them into something new the water is off in the parameters. Is the Tank they are in Cycled? Fish can act strange if the water parameters are off like going from a low ph to a high ph. They can get Ph shock. Fish need to adjust to the new water and water temp. That's why it is important to float a bag in a tank and add abit of your water in the bag over a period of time so the fish adjusts to you tank. This is for new fish added to your tank. If everything is ok then maybe your fish is just adjusting to the bigger tank. I just do a 25% water change. Was your water treated before adding it to the tank. To big of a water change will make the temp. drop a bit if it is not room temp.

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