Fish hang out around the bottom

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by rokshak, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. rokshakNew MemberMember

    They're not doing anything out of the ordinary. No flashing. They just seem to settle in there and hang out. One little neon tetra likes to hang out behind a rock in the corner. He always has since day 1. If they could read, he'd have a library back there. The danio's continue to zip around but the neon tetras and my dwarf gourami, I thought, should me mid/top level fish. Is it normal for them to just lurk? I did a test with the api kit and all the parameters were fine. The ammonia was a little high but just barely outside of the 0 range. Nitrites were 0. Nitrates were hovering around 5. I did a small water change to even out that ammonia. When I come to the tank all the fish greet me hoping for food, and everyone looks fine. i don't see anything to indicate sickness. And of course the kuhlie's come out in the evening and rip around through the sand. Everyone is accounted for. I understand the dwarf gourami can be shy, but maybe I need to add some more tetra to make the school a little larger? Maybe they're stressed by the darn danio's constantly ripping around? I'm under stocked so I have space for it. It's a 36 G tank.

  2. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    They might just be feeling a little insecure with all the activity the danios are creating. If you have room ib think upping their school might be a good idea. How long have the tetras and gourami been in the tank?

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  3. rokshakNew MemberMember

    The tetras, danios and kuhlie's were the first ones in the tank at the beginning of last month. The gourami was a fathers day gift from my kids.

  4. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    They're probably just stressed by the ammonia. Was the tank cycled? You need big water changes if you have ammonia- enough to get rid of it all.

  5. Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    Some tetras just like solitude away from other fish. My black neons usually hide in plants or behind driftwood.
  6. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    you need a school, tetra might be stressed, usually good in schools of 4 or more.
  7. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    How many of each type of fish do you have?

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  8. ClearEyesWell Known MemberMember

    You should have 6+ tetras, more would be even better.

    My dwarf gourami took over 2 weeks to stop hiding and lurking. He would just sit there behind the plants, all day, not moving, not eating. It's fine now that he's used to the tank.
  9. rokshakNew MemberMember

    Sorry for a late reply. Busy day. Yup, the tank is fully cycled and doing well. The ammonia was probably a little high because I was feeding them to get them to come closer to examine them. I cleaned up the tank yesterday and did a bit of a water change to lower that. There are 6 neons in the school but I think more might be in order. Maybe those darn danios are freaking them out. They're busy little punks, for sure. The tetras have been this way since day 1. Not very social unless there's food involved. I'm considering moving the danios if they will go into a 10G?


    Yeah, she's (i think it's a she) doesn't dodge me as much anymore when I approach the tank. Sometimes even coming closer to the glass if I don't move around much, and just floats there watching me. lol I'm happy with how it's coming along with the dwarf gourami.
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  10. ClearEyesWell Known MemberMember

    Dwarfs gouramis are easy to sex. If it's a she, she's just silver, no color. If it's a he, he has red stripes and lightly blue fins.
  11. rokshakNew MemberMember

    Ok, what does that make this one? I thought it was a female by the fin. Apparently I don't know a great deal. lol

    Any advice on the danios? Aqadvisor didn't throw a flag when I entered it in so it should be ok? I really didn't know they'd be as active as they are when we got them.

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  12. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    Because of their hyperactivity Danios should have at least a 2ft tank, preferably 3+

    Yes more neons might make a difference. Neons are always more outgoing in bigger numbers.
  13. ClearEyesWell Known MemberMember

    Pretty sure that's a male flame dwarf.
  14. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    That's what it looks like to me as well. ^

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  15. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    6+, 4 isn't enough.
    And I would say that is a male dwarf gourami.
  16. amydebValued MemberMember

    Neons are middle/bottom fish that like dimmer light (or places with "shade"). The bigger the school, the more comfortable they are.

    Also I am thinking that maybe it's not that the neons are inactive, it's that the danios are SO active? I have Giant Danios and Tiger Barbs. My tank is in a constant state of movement and as hyper as the TBs are, the GD's are worse! lol My son's tank has guppies and platies and compared to my fish, it seems like they are doing nothing at all.

    You don't say how many you have but if you have room, you might want to add a few more and see if their attitude changes?
  17. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I have 3 Royal Danios ( will get 3 more later) and they are constantly on the move, darting back and forth in the tank. A little hyperactive.

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  18. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    That's too small for them, they are very active fish.
  19. rokshakNew MemberMember

    Anders I figured it would be too small. They're always on the go and I wouldn't want to make them crazy by putting them in a small tank. I'll make the neon school larger and see if that improves things. I enjoy the neons, anyway.
    amydeb I posted a pic from aqadvisor with my stock. I have room to grow. I'm just taking it slow and learning what I'd like to see in there. The danio's were a quick decision, so I've learned from that. :(

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  20. rokshakNew MemberMember

    Sorry not to mention, but this also makes sense, where they're hanging out is in kind of a little cove of decor I made. So I guess maybe I don't have as much to be concerned about as I thought?

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