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Smacking Rocks

15 June 2004 - 07:55 AM

[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?