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gordonuk 12-23-2010 03:17 PM

Strange Acting Guppie
 
Today I bought 2 female and 1 male guppies., the females are fine and forraging about and mixing fine with the other residents of the tank, but the male is acting strange.

Since 3pm today (its now 9.15pm), it has stayed in the same position at the top of the tank, its not moved from that position at all.

Is there something wrong with it?, or is it just new enviroment thats making it do this?, its strange that the females are fine but the male just stays at the top and dont move like he is treading water.

jkamping 12-23-2010 03:41 PM

I think as long as he is is eating, there are no signs of disease, and water parameters are good he should be ok. I have a male that does this most of the day has for weeks but still eats fine and will come out and try to mate with my female every now and again. He is also the largest of my males I think he just likes to chill like that. Also just be adjusting to the new tank since you just got him.

gordonuk 12-23-2010 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by jkamping (Post 541187)
I think as long as he is is eating, there are no signs of disease, and water parameters are good he should be ok. I have a male that does this most of the day has for weeks but still eats fine and will come out and try to mate with my female every now and again. He is also the largest of my males I think he just likes to chill like that.

Its just strange to see a fish acting like that, will see what he is like in the morning after it had a few hours of darkness (tank is in living room), i turned the tank light off but he still stays there, same position, while reast all swimming about all areas of tank.
He is tiny compared to the large female, she is nearly double size, the other female slightly bigger than the male, but he is pretty small.

I fed them around 7pm and think he ate something but tbh not that much.


***observation***
When I saw the guppies in the shop they looked real nice, but when in my tank they not so nice looking. One female has bright specked tail, the big female has a faint hint of orange body and tail but is pretty transparent and you can see its spine and stomach etc... the male is just a slightly darker orange than the female but no color.
I dont think they are as nice looking as a Platy.
Maybe I am just not a guppie lover?, they might grow on me.

jkamping 12-23-2010 03:56 PM

watch that he eats in the am when you feed them they usually don't eat if they are sick or stressed hard to tell at this point just keep an eye on him for other signs of sickness other than being lethargic.

jroush21 12-23-2010 04:03 PM

maybe he got shocked by the diffrent water but its weird for the females to act normal and him to be shocked but it could just be the personality of the fish.
How did you introduce to your tank?

gordonuk 12-23-2010 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by jroush21 (Post 541204)
maybe he got shocked by the diffrent water but its weird for the females to act normal and him to be shocked but it could just be the personality of the fish.
How did you introduce to your tank?

I checked all my water and all things fine with it, i did the usual, left bags on tank water for 10 mins, opened bag added some water for 5 mins then did again for another 5 mins before netting them and put in tank.
From start females fine and all over the place explaoring, but from the moment the make was added stayed in same spot since.

He does not seem to be panting or gulping for ait, the most he is doing is active fin work to stay in same position.

jkamping 12-23-2010 04:11 PM

I let them float in my aquarium in the bag from store for 30 min to get temp. adjusted. Then placed in hanging box and slowly did water changes removing water in bag from pet store and adding water from my tank. After completing that i put them in my tank. There is info i believe on this site and on web about acclimating new fish to your tank that go into more detail. Also using a Quarantine tank is best if you have an extra tank.

gordonuk 12-23-2010 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by jkamping (Post 541221)
I let them float in my aquarium in the bag from store for 30 min to get temp. adjusted. Then placed in hanging box and slowly did water changes removing water in bag from pet store and adding water from my tank. After completing that i put them in my tank. There is info i believe on this site and on web about acclimating new fish to your tank that go into more detail. Also using a Quarantine tank is best if you have an extra tank.


It was prob more than 10 mins anyway, as made a coffee then went out for a smoke so more like 15-20 mins...+ 5 + 5

I have just looked at him again, the top of his head is just grazing the surface and his side fins going like the clappers and he is shaking side to side. From the looks of him he does not look good, but suppose the morning will tell.

jkamping 12-23-2010 04:22 PM

Also Very possible fish was sick from the pet store. I had this happen to me and had to treat my tank for parasites hope that is not your case.

gordonuk 12-24-2010 08:54 AM

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Originally Posted by jkamping (Post 541241)
Also Very possible fish was sick from the pet store.

I have taken a video of the male, he is still swimming about in the same place. I did feed them aearlier and think he took a nibble but not sure.



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