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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Fish burying itself?

I rescaped my tank today, and my female Jack Dempsey was very stressed during the transition. At one point I lost track of her, until I noticed her tail sticking out from under the subtrate (eco complete). At first I thought it was on accident, but after I unearthed her, she did it several more times, so much so that I had to remove her from the tank.
Has anyone heard of or see this before?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 06:08 AM
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I had two of them do this when I removed them from my tank.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 02:25 PM
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I knew some other fish did this, but didnt know JD's did. Pretty interesting
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I've heard other cichlids will try to hid in sand, but she had buried herself so far down, only a bit of her dorsal fin was visible. I found that very odd.
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she is highly stressed out.... Give her some time to readjust. But also watch her to make sure she is not self injuring

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 11:52 AM
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Not at all typical for a JD. Digging large pits, making a mess yes, but bury itself, very strange. Is your light really strong by any chance. Definitely IMO stress related.

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