Tiger Barb Vertical Swimming (video)

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The leader of the school of barbs is a female, she's the biggest in the tank and has dropped eggs before. Vertical swimming is normal when they sleep, but the past few days she's been doing it during the day for 5-10 seconds randomly, almost as if she's falling asleep mid swim. Also some erratic swimming, and her color fades a bit. She's active and swims away if I come to the tank, and eats just like she always does. She seems healthy, but is this some sort of breeding/pregnancy behavior?
 
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Im pretty sure this is some form of breeding behavior. Obviously, if she is constantly like this thats an issue, but i think this signals to other fish she is ready to breed.
 

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Im pretty sure this is some form of breeding behavior. Obviously, if she is constantly like this thats an issue, but i think this signals to other fish she is ready to breed.
I forgot to mention that there's also some erratic swimming randomly, and loss of her color
 

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I did about a 30% wc today, didn't test the water. I can test the water tomorrow since the tank isn't home. The water shouldn't be a problem though. I do roughly a 20% wc every 4-7 days. Also cleaned the filter today. I'm just really hoping it's not flukes. I've had these guys for 1 1/2 years now
 
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I'm still not convinced its something wrong. How about putting her in a QT for a few days, just to make sure. Because she won't be near the males either, she should stop exhibiting that behavior if it is for breeding.
 

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I have 13 candy tetras in the QT and 12 rummynose tetras on the way for QT. Really bad timing to say the least. I only have a 20g qt and 75g main. I guess I'll just keep an eye out. I'll update if anything
 

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@DoubleDutch, the tank isn't home, long story short I just visited the tank, and she's staying still like the other barbs and starts slowly doing a headstand, then goes to normal and all over again. I'm guessing its a swim bladder problem. I'll feed boiled peas for 2 days, then I'll medicate. Never dealt with swim bladder problem before, what are the meds, if any? Thank you in advance
 

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Well, she didn't make it. I bought Kanaplex with 1 day shipping, was doing 100% water changes daily. Not sure what killed her, the stress of being alone after 1 1/2 years or the disease
 

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She also developed Septicemia. She was swimming normal in the QT and not vertical like the main tank.
 
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