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I purchased a bristlenose from an LFS 2 days ago. He didn't move from his spot for the first day. Then when he came out he started laying on his back, mouth up. I thought he was dead, but when I went to pick him up he roused and swam away. I saw him do this a couple more times over the next couple of hours. When I went to bed he was laying upside down on bundle of Java Moss, but this time when I woke up he was still there. So I reached downed and tried to stir him, no motion. I picked him up in a net, no motion. I lifted him out of the water, no motion. Then a googled it, and found out bristlenose can play dead, so just to be safe I put him in the corner of the aquarium and left him there. But the next morning he still in the same spot. So at this point I'm thinking he must be dead. The only reason I doubt this is that he still has color, his fins are up, and his eyes are still black with a defined pupil. No sign of rotting, or bloating. He's not floating. In other words, besides the fact that he has not moved in 24 hours (and I can't make him move) he appears alive. Is this guy dead? Or is he just the most convincing fish actor ever?