Not Schooling

  1. skar

    skar Well Known Member Member

    Hey guys..
    I have about 20 Cardinals in a 55gal.
    Recently they are staying under the filter intake and not schooling in the open.

    Wondering if I have to many plants or decor needs moved around again ?
    I really don't want to redecorate the tank :/
    Any ideas ? Experiences ?
    Thank you
     




  2. OneLittleBubble

    OneLittleBubble Well Known Member Member

    How long have you had them for? Were they schooling before? When was the last time you did a water change?
     




  3. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member





  4. Fashooga

    Fashooga Well Known Member Member

    They way is see how schooling fish works...when they’re packed tight together and at a standstill something spooked them or they don’t feel comfortable at this time. They’ll eventually get over whatever freaked them out.

    When they are not swimming in schools and just swimming around themselves they’re ok and nothing is wrong.
     




  5. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    What other fish do you have with them?
     
  6. OP
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    skar

    skar Well Known Member Member

    yes I do. :) IMG_20180521_090018449.jpg
    I've had them for years.. I did add 5 more a week ago.
    Yes they would school before.
    they would zip about the tank a bit.

    Last water change about 3-4 days ago.
     
  7. OP
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    skar

    skar Well Known Member Member

  8. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    You got a lot of bottom feeders. You should add more sterbai cories. You also have so many fish, they are likely stressed/feeling crowded.
     
  9. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    They will be okay. They show vibrant colors what's a good sign.
     
  10. OP
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    skar

    skar Well Known Member Member

    I am aware of the sterbai, however they're going to start at the current numbers.

    The tank doesn't appear crowded but that's a consideration I will receive.
    Would opening decor help or see if it resolved as fashooga stated ?
     
  11. Redshark1

    Redshark1 Well Known Member Member

    They will be scared of rams and sidthimunkis.
     
  12. Goldiemom

    Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    I know Neon tetras are schoaling fish, not schooling. Could these possibly be too?
     
  13. OP
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    skar

    skar Well Known Member Member

    I'm not really sure if the difference between the two ?
    I think I found the answer to my own question.

    The tank is placed next to the hallway and most traffic goes by the left side of the tank. Which the activities of daily basis seen to scuttle them to the right side of the tank.
     
  14. Goldiemom

    Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    Very well could be your answer. Just an FYI... schooling fish stay close together, changing direction at the same time and remaining in a group. Schoaling fish like to stay in close proximity of each other, but will swim off on their own.
     
  15. OP
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    skar

    skar Well Known Member Member

    Moved a few things around and they seem to be acting better. Still staying to the right but more pleasant than a ball of fish. IMG_20180522_144853315.jpg
     
  16. AJE

    AJE Member Member

    Add a predator that’ll get them too school nicely.
     
  17. AJE

    AJE Member Member

    Just kidding