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Gil 02-19-2011 10:55 AM

Endler doing loop swimming patterns
I have an Endler that we noticed was looking quite pregnant 3 weeks ago. 7 to 14 days ago her gravid spot would appear go away a few times in a day. During this time she was in a 56g tank that had 3 upside down catfish, male endler, 5 corydoras, 3 otocinclus and a few cherry shrimp. She seemed to be quite calm and would stay near the bottom when she wasn't looking for food.

A week ago she got even bigger and the gravid spot hasn't gone away since. 5 days ago I put her in a 10 gal tank for her to give birth that also has 3 otocinclus in it. She seemed to be quite calm for the first 3-4 days. Last night and this morning though she is repeatedly doing loops at the front glass surface from the bottom to halfway up the tank and back down. All 3 otos are also at the front of the glass resting on the substrate; she swims right by them as if they aren't even there, so I don't think they are bothersome to her. She has been fed. I fed her again and she goes towards the food sometimes, but doesn't eat. any ideas why she is so active, it looks like she wants to find a way out or something.

Reece 08-11-2011 10:54 AM

You say you have a male endler as well as a female endler, perhaps the male is the father and the pregnant female is trying to get to him...

redchigh 08-11-2011 12:28 PM

It's probably stress from the move. Her gravid spot may well disappear as well if she's too stressed. If you can cover the tank or keep the lights out for a while, it will help.

Also check the water parameters.

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