Odd Behavior

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

  1. jrukoNew MemberMember

    My tiger barb is floating vertically, often, head down. whats going on with him?
  2. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Can be a variety of things, what size tank and what are the water parameters?
  3. BornThisWayBettas

    BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    Also, a picture might be helpful. :)

  4. amydebValued MemberMember

    Several (all?) of mine do that. I question all only because I can't tell them all apart. Four of five will get in a corner and just float, tail up. If I approach the tank, most of the time they will pop right up and start swimming around (hoping for food!). They are otherwise active, eat well and have bright colors so I think maybe it's just a "thing" they do?

    If anyone knows something different, please correct me!

    Also, do you have more than one? Tiger Barbs should be in a school, the larger the better!

  5. OP

    jrukoNew MemberMember

    100 gallon
    5 bala sharks, 2 angels, 3 barbs. will add more barbs next week. perfect chemical levels, almost cycled, lots of real and fake plants with hiding places. he gets chased by another barb because i havnt completed the school yet.

    but i hear alot of barbs do this anyhow

    all babies by the way.

    well, biggest fish is about 2 inches anyways

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  6. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    If the tank is "almost cycled" then the chemical levels can't be perfect. What test kit are you using and what are the exact parameters?
  7. OP

    jrukoNew MemberMember

    its all in my other thread named My 100 gallon. i used test strips that gave me a deceptive 0 ammonia level and nitrates. thats why i said almost. will get back with more accurate levels

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  8. isacrValued MemberMember

    When I first turn my tank on my barbs are colorless and float as you described. I'm guessing it's a normal thing they do.

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  9. ricmcc

    ricmccWell Known MemberMember

    This is a bit off topic, but what many people do to avoid the problem of startling your fish awake is to put your tank light on a timer, and then ensure that the room light comes on about a half hour prior, and about the same after the tank light goes off. It really does seem to reduce stress.-rick
  10. isacrValued MemberMember

    I have my tank on a timer but I didn't know about the outside light.

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  11. ClearEyes

    ClearEyesWell Known MemberMember

    BTW, unless you are planning to rehome them to a huge tank, 100 gallons is not nearly enough for 5 bala sharks.
  12. OP

    jrukoNew MemberMember

    upgrading to 300 gallon..

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  13. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember


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