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#529 Smacking Rocks

Posted by Ldyma on 03 July 2004 - 08:18 PM in Emergency Room

Yes, all fish will happily be moved to a 100 gallon at the end of this month..

PH is 7.2-7.6

I do weekly water changes of 25%

Im going to try the ping pong ball...I have spent way too much money on plants....!

Incidentally, I have smooth river rocks on the bottom purchased for the aquarium from the pet store....These guys are so active I hear clicking in the next room and go in to investigate....they are moving the rocks with their noses!

The flicking seems such a normal part of what they do...It is only for a few minutes usually after they eat....Like it helps them pooh or somethhing...

#450 Smacking Rocks

Posted by Ldyma on 15 June 2004 - 12:09 PM in Emergency Room


Yep a quick flick on the rocks is exactly what they do...And everyone seems fine otherwise. Thanks I'll try not to worry! Ph is in range, nitrates has been negligable...(I cant keep any live plants for long...They are like little dogs and tear up plants and eat them!

#447 Smacking Rocks

Posted by Ldyma on 15 June 2004 - 07:55 AM in Emergency Room

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=7][COLOR=purple][B]My tank of mixed cichlids include 2 jacks 2 oscars, an electric blue a red zebra and two green terrors a few plecos and snails

After they eat, these fish all smack themselves on the rocks and decorations...it scared me when I read that "Scratching on the rocks is a sign of disease"

But my fish are healthy, beautiful, eating, and have no other symptoms....no discoloration, no white poop, no swelling.

But they all whack themselves on the rocks! Is this OK? The tank is small 40 gallons and the fish are small all less than 5 inches...I am ready to set up a newer larger tank...but need to know about this behavior first.

The water is clear and good quality. I test and do 25% water changes weekly. I do not have gravel but have river rocks....could they be trying to move the rocks since there is no gravel?