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More fish talk on predator setups:
So I have a large (13”ish) common pleco named Big Fish that seems healthy and active in a 55 gallon tank with guppies and tetras and a friend recently gifted him this new “hide” or cave, whatever you want to call it.
At first he was just hanging out inside of it normally, as shown, but now he’s started to do this, upside down. Is this a normal thing? His cave before was not quite as open and large so I figured maybe he is just “exploring his options” but I wanted to be sure.
(Water is not dirty- our walls are a mint green)
A- picture of my Tank (with an uprooted plant via Big Fish)
B- picture of him just chillin in all his glory
C- picture of him being weird upside down (some plants were temporarily removed for cleaning in this photo).
Oh yeah, I have a rubber lipped pleco that I've seen in all kinds of weird positions. At first I didn't like the idea of a pleco but after observing him and all his weird movements he's one of my favorite fish. My small clown pleco is almost always upside down (he’s in my bow front tank) but I’ve never seen Big Fish get this upside down- he does occasionally on his drift wood but not this often. I guess he is just enjoying the hidde!
dont think orientation matters much with pleco's when they are attached to anything. Their bodies are made for this. have noticed corydoras can move in a similar fashion as well (sitting upside down under leaves to nibble nabble).
My large common pleco (10 inches) is upside down in his rock cave at least 75 percent of the time. The smaller ones I have are more active and I will see them even on there sides sometimes. Changes in my office tank. To existing plants (Microsorium pteropus, Lomariopsis lineata, Cryptocoryne cordata, Eleocharis parvula, Myriophyllum matogrossense, Crassula Helmsii) new were added: Alternanthera reineckii sp. mini, Bacopa monnieri, Limnophila sessiflora, Rotala walichii, Rotala sp. pearl.
Photos taken by phone - I'll do good ones with camera, when plants start to grow properly.
I’m not sure if it’s normal or not, but my very large female Telescope and Black moor do this- and have for about 3 years. They are both very large and sometimes it seems like swimming can be tiring for them. They seem perfectly healthy and normal, but sit in the same spot all the time.
As commented/replied in ur other group and to have others read the info: Normal healthy goldfish are active the majority of the time. Yes, they rest or sleep but in a regular routine most of the day they are actively looking for food If they are hovering more often than not it is probably from living high nitrates, constipation or infection. Test ur water. Nitrates should always be 20 ppm or less and always 0 ammonia 0 nitrite. Bottom sitting, floatiness, popeye, cloudy eye, mouth breathing and top breathing are signs of low blood oxygen from long term high nitrates. One of the most common goldfish issues.
yes, agree. i just wanted my info for others to read here incase someond had the same question also. Have u treated for parasites? Is ur goldfish pooping everyday? Did u mention a case of popeye in another group over the last few months? Can’t remember if that was u. My Black Moor does this too, the other comets, fan tails etc swim around but he moves slowly and hangs around like a parked submarine.
Everything about him is normal looking. Eating like a water piggy, swimming perfectly. Fins, etc look really good. He doesn’t appear to be suffering from anything. The PetSmart I shop at is anal about being clean and healthy and he’s simply beautiful. I always assume fish have flukes when I get them, because it's so common. I generally do a 6 week quarantine unless they need more time. Some illnesses won't show signs immediately.
4 weeks in plain water with prime. If nothing shows up then I wait one more week. If something shows up, I treat exactly what it is. Unnecessary medications is rough on fish. When whatever was afflicted them looks likes it’s gone, I wait another week. The most common thing your going to get is ich and parasites.... both of which take at least two weeks to show up.
Thanks for the reply and helpful advice! I'm doing as much reading as possible before I set up my tank. Have a 45 gal pentagon shaped tank that I only want two black moors in, so it would be a start up. I haven't started anything yet, but I'm aware of cycle before purchasing, etc. Makes sense to quarantine before you just plop them in with a huge tank and get everyone sick, like my freaking cousin that took her sick kid to Christmas and got the whole fam damily sick (me included, currently dying a little).