Glofish Spazzing!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by Fanatic, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I just noticed that my group of six globefish in a 5g. One of them has started spazzing, flipping and dong crazy things.

    I just did a 25 percent water change, and added conditioner and everything. Any ideas?
  2. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    What type of glofish do you have? What are the water parameters?

    I hope that you know that whatever type of glofish that you have, they all need a minimum tank size of 20 gallons :)

  3. KimberlyGFishlore VIPMember

    You have fahaka puffers in a 5 gallon? I assume you are cycling their tank. 6 of them in a 5 gallon is bound to get them a little crazy even if they are just babies. You might have a waste overload going on with that many in there. Did you research how big they get? You must have a huge tank for 6 of them.

  4. AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    My guess is that you have waste buildup (Ammonia & nitrates) in your tank. The only way to fix the issue is to do several small water changes. I would do another 30% water change tonight. Then do 2-50% water changes tomorrow about 2 hours apart. I wouldn't feed them until after your final water change. And only give them very little.

    I started with glo-fish and was taken advantage of. They do need a bigger tank, but the glo-fish company markets those small tanks and says it is ok to keep that many fish in there. The fish don't usually survive very long because of lots of factors. Stress being one of the main causes of their short lives.

    After you do all the water changes, you will need to do 50% water changes everyday to keep your water conditions non-toxic to your fish. I am not sure even then it will work. I would buy some Seachem Prime. It helps to detoxify the ammonia build up temporarily, but it just treats the symptoms, doesn't fix the problem.

    If you are able, I would see if you can take them back to the store. I would get a betta fish and a couple nerite snails to keep in your 5g. Almost all other fish need 10gallons or more.
  5. KimberlyGFishlore VIPMember

    Okay, ignore my post. I see the thread subject says Glofish. I was reading your introduction that said Globefish. Even 6 babies in a 5 gallon is stretching it for quarantine as the fish will get 12 to 15 inches. lol
  6. AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    I was wondering where you got the whole puffer thing from lol
  7. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Actually, believe it or not, most fish in the pet store need a 20 gallon+. Very few sold actually can go in a 10 gallon. At an LFS, you might have more that can go in a 10 gallon since they sell more smaller fish
  8. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I realize that, I know their in a 5g, but I do frequent water changes.


    Last Water Change: 25% Last Night. Last Saturday was the last before that.

    I'm going to change the water again today.

    He stopped spazzing after I changed the water, but I now see that he's slightly doing it again. I'll clean the water until this resolves.
  9. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Water changes does not make up the fact they are in a small tank :(, it would be like keeping a jack Russel terrier in the biggest crate for its whole life. You could feed it the best food and make sure there are no waste in the crate, but in the end the small space is still a small space.

    If those glofish are kept in the 5 gallon for their whole life they probably won't make it to the 5 year mark. They would be lucky if they can get to 3.

    For long term health, I suggest you pick up a 20 gallon at Petco($1 per gallon sale right now!) or you rehome those fish. :)
  10. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I don't think my PetCo is doing $1 per gallon sales.
  11. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Did you check? The sale should be a national thing
  12. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    You're right. It is

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