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weird behaviour

Posted By: studland <Elaine@elaineyoung.fsnet.co.uk>
Date: Tuesday, 11 November 2003, at 2:30 p.m.

I have a community tank with 4 angels, 2 swordtails and 2 clown loaches. One of the loaches keeps hiding for 2 days at a time and doesn't seem to come out for food. Today it was out and wasn't its normal active self.Both the loaches are just hovering in the water. They take it in turn to turn onto their side while the other seems to tickle its stomach with its mouth. One of them also has its barbels missing and what looks like a wound on its back. Can anyone help? Is this mating behaviour? Could the missing barbels be due to a fight? I didn't think any of them would have the guts to take on a loach.