View Full Version : Angel acting wierd

12-01-2007, 02:34 PM
My angel keeps like shuttering from time to time and is staying in one spot a lot. he comes out only to eat, also his breathing looks slightly heavier then normal but not too much. Ammonia:0 Nitrite:0 Nitrate:0

12-02-2007, 04:45 PM
anybody have any ideas?

12-02-2007, 04:49 PM
The only thing that I think it could be (besides stress), is "Shimmy". I know pretty much nothing about it though.

12-02-2007, 05:24 PM
What's the temp in your tank? Who are his tank mates? It could be stress. As for shimmy.....I don't know. I know mollies get shimmy....have no idea if angels can.
Are there any other Angels in the tank? I also don't know the courtship rituals of angels, but other sp. cichlids do a little shimmy dance for each other. That doesn't explain the heavier breathing though.

12-02-2007, 05:32 PM
Gem its in his sig

'46 gallon community-- serpae tetras, zebra danios, fancy guppies, black skirt tetras, sunburst platies, red wag platy, opaline gourami, pearl gourami, angelfish, corydoras, common pleco'

12-02-2007, 05:36 PM
thx tolley, and the temp is 82f, no other angel and its not a mating ritual because he doesnt swim and do it he just stays up in the corner and gives a shutter here and there. I want to know more about shimmy but cant find anything

12-02-2007, 05:39 PM
thanks....sorry, I have a habit of not reading sigs. It's possible the gouramie are stressing him. I have seen gouramie get a bit nasty depending on the size difference.

12-02-2007, 05:41 PM
gouramis dont bother him at all, dont ever go near him really

12-03-2007, 02:44 PM
well after doing some searching im pretty sure its the shimmies and is apparently caused by a lack of electrolytes in the water.

I also came across this nice little chart that lists all sorts of diseases, causes, and symptoms

12-03-2007, 08:40 PM
How is he doing now?

12-03-2007, 09:36 PM
a little better i think, not breathing heavy any more and still eating, im gonna go out this weekend to look for something that could help the shimmies