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Weird clown behavior

Posted By: Maureen <maureen@kramerdog.com>
Date: Thursday, 9 November 2000, at 7:06 p.m.

I have a 55 gallon community tank with a lot of different fish, including 5 clown loaches & 3 B. striata. Everyone seems very happy and healthy, BUT...

Recently I have occasionally noticed the smaller clown loaches doing a weird swimming movement. They will be just tooling along and then jerk to one side (usually the left) and do a sort of wiggle. Then they act like nothing happened. Today I saw my medium loach (3-4 inches) do the same thing. I'm thinking water quality, electrical current(?), or an internal parasite. I've had the clowns for 3 or 4 months now. I checked the water quality, and the pH is 6.8, there is no ammonia, nitrites or nitrates (the tank is planted) and the temp is a steady 80.1 degrees F. I inject CO2 which causes the pH to fluctuate a little (6.6 to 7.0 would be the MAX variation). I also have an airstone on the tank at night because the plants tend to use up a lot of O2 then, and the tank has no surface movement (it would drive off the CO2). I had a problem with oxygenation of the water before I started using the airstone at night, but I feel that it's fine now. The fish don't get any live foods anymore, just frozen. I did introduce 2 Angelfish about a month ago--they are the most recent addition, and the last addition, too!

I can't think of anything else relevant. Please try to help me figure out what could be bothering my little clowns. They only do this once in a while, but it just doesn't seem normal and I'm worried.


PS Has anyone noticed that the site seems slower lately? I haven't been hanging out as much bc I'm really busy w/ school, but it seems like it is slow since the change of design. Maybe I am coming at bad times.

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