Why does my tetra have a point on it's stomach?
Hi I have 4 neon tetras, and a couple of them have this very pronounced point on their stomach. The bottom of them looks like a triangle. Is this bad? I've had them for about a month now and I hadn't noticed it before yesterday. It's pretty much impossible to get a pic because they move so fast. Thanks so much!
Well, without a photo we can't offer much. If you sit still in front of the tank, camera ready, for several minutes, perhaps they will be motionless long enough for a group photo?;-)
Neon tetra swimming rapidly around the tank is in itself cause for concern, as this is not their normal behaviour. They are not active swimmers. Perhaps some more data on the tank will also help; how long set up, what fish, tank size, environment (plants, hiding spots, decor), etc.
Okay, I'll try to get a pic up as soon as I can. :)
Really? Ever since I got them they've always sort of darted around. Well the tank is a 55 gallons, I got it in February, had some problems, started all over, and now have had the tetras for around a month. I'm really new with all this, so I don't really know much! :) So I have 4 tetras, and three platies, two females and a male. As of about 5 mins ago, I also have a baby platy that I have in a separate breeder net in the tank. As far as decorations go, I have plants on each side, and a little coral reef thing that has a bunch of grooves they can hide in. I also have like a little rock cave thing. I was told to keep the middle fairly empty, so that's what I have. I have a heater and lamps and filter and everything. But yeah, the tetras sometimes even look like they're fighting because they'll chase each other around. Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance!
In new tanks, and for a while after being introduced, most characins will be unsettled; they usually remain closer together than they will be as they are settled in, and they may swim around more than later. Many factors can affect behaviours, from water parameters, too bright overhead light, not sufficient "stuff" in the tank to provide security, etc. Your plants are excellent, and you will likely see the fish calming down in a few weeks.
I'll check the photo when you post it, just in case; it is most likely nothing.
Can someone tell me how to post a video? I think that would probably be easier see what's going on because I can zoom in on the tetras and you can also get a sense of the whole tank... my platies also seem to be a little overly-active now... I don't know.
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