Do Fish Sleep

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by Marco Rodriguez, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Marco Rodriguez

    Marco RodriguezValued MemberMember

    Hi... just wondering if they sleep and if so how
  2. mclemente06

    mclemente06Valued MemberMember

    I don't necessarily know about sleeping, but they do rest. You won't really be able to tell though, fish have no eyelids.
  3. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06Well Known MemberMember

    They dont nessecarily sleep, but they do rest which is the same as us sleeping. Their eyes will always stay open obviously they don't have eye lids , but you will notice they will be less active just look like their floating in place , some will lay down on the gravel ect..

  4. FishFish221

    FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Not really sleeping, but they either float around and twitch once in a while (at least thats what my tetras do) or stay at the bottom motionless.
  5. OP
    Marco Rodriguez

    Marco RodriguezValued MemberMember

    Huh interesting... thanks!
  6. BeanFish

    BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    I agree, not exactly sleeping as they still seem to be aware of their surroundings (if anything it is easier to scare them when they are sleeping). How they rest depends on the fish. My Mollys just sit in the sand while my Barbs float in a 45 angle and move their fins every now and then to remain in their place.
  7. -Mak-

    -Mak-Well Known MemberMember

    My betta does go into a resting state similar to sleep... In fact I actually have to use quite some effort to wake him up!
  8. DylanM

    DylanMWell Known MemberMember

    Lol, I was wondering why my pearl gourami stays still on some of the plants from 10:00 PM to around 5:00 AM daily :p
  9. Fishdude846Valued MemberMember

    When I had tiger barbs they would all float nose-down near the bottom at lights out and stay that way until morning.
  10. RyanLewisValued MemberMember

    My Betts "sleeps" on a floating plastic plant every night
  11. EmmaBudgie

    EmmaBudgieValued MemberMember

    My guppy lay on the substrate really still at night :) then they wake up slowly and get more active as the morning goes on
  12. tjanderWell Known MemberMember

    My guppies either lay on the bottom or float at the top. 1st time I saw this was right after a WC and I thought I killed the whole lot of them... fish are so amusing sometimes
  13. SomethingsFishy1

    SomethingsFishy1Valued MemberMember

    My cardinal and colombian tetras fade away their colors I turn off the lights at night. It's pretty cool how they could change their colors to hide from predators when they rest

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