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Old 04-07-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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What's going on with my Cardinals?


So I have setup my 25 gallon planed and everyone (except my cardinals) seem to be happy. It's been about 1.5-2 weeks now since I put them in and the tank was already cycled. Water parameters seem to be good but the cardinals seem stressed. Here's a video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0lmw...ature=youtu.be


They seem to constantly swim on that side of the tank. Almost like they are trying to escape? They've been doing this since day one and they never seem to be very mellow.

Tank is 25 gallons. 4 guppies, 9 Cardinals, 3 Otos and 4 Threadfin Rainbows.

Water Parameters..
GH is 120
pH is 7.0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 20ppm

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Old 04-07-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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They could just like the current over there, or seeing their reflection, and having fun with it. Are they scrapping their bodies against anything? How's your ammonia readings?
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That's an interesting thought, the current could be it!
No body slapping and they seem to be eating fine. I only have 5 in 1 strips at the moment. I need to get something to test the ammonia soon.
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What's your water temp?

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I keep it at 76
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My tetra schools always seem to like certain areas, as they do like current, and do take breaks from it, but always go back, and just go up, and down looking at their reflection, or back and forth across the tank, and since its a school they'll all do it playing follow the leader. Your prob fine. They look healthy, water parameters seem fine, temp is fine
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looks like their trying to school with their reflections... Arent cardinals wild caught? because I know some fish do that because they don't understand its not another fish and they cant swim any farther, eventually they stop if that's the case
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Haha, I guess it makes perfect sense. That corner is pretty reflective. I hope they get it soon and start enjoying the rest of the tank!
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