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    I got my guppy five days ago and it is swimming funny. It is swimming up and down the aquarium quickly and seems to twitch. Is this normal? Thanks in advance!

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    not terribly out of the normal.

    but to really tell, we'll need to know:
    tank size
    filtration
    cycled tank?
    ammonia/nitrite/nitrates?
    tank mates?

    any of those could be reasons for their behavior.

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    +1 to Mizzoutank.
    We will need some more information on your tank in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Just from your description, there is nothing physically wrong with the fish but it is trying to swim out. New fish do it until they get used to the tank, or if it does not stop after a couple of days something in the tank is bothering it. To know what might be bothering your guppy answering the questions posted earlier by Mizzoutank would be helpful.

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    It is a 5.5 gallon tank with a filter and I let it run for three days with prime and a bacteria supplement. It says ammonia is 0 and there are no tank mates. I think the fish is also shimmying every now and then and goes to the surface sometimes. Before I got him, the pet store said the water was fine as well. Is it just that he has to get used to the tank and he's stressed?

    Quote Originally Posted by mizzoutank View Post
    not terribly out of the normal.

    but to really tell, we'll need to know:
    tank size
    filtration
    cycled tank?
    ammonia/nitrite/nitrates?
    tank mates?

    any of those could be reasons for their behavior.

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    Along with shimmying, he also darts and nips at the surface and some decorations

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    You haven't cycled the tank properly. Please check out some of the pinned articles in the beginner section on how and why to cycle. They will be very helpful. Bacterial supplements are mostly ineffective. Think about it. We are culturing aerobic bacteria in our tanks. The bacteria supplements come in bottles which have been sealed and anaerobic for who knows how long before they are bought. "Nipping" at the surface is what guppies do when they aren't getting enough oxygen. Try increasing surface agitation and see whether it stops. Nipping at decorations and other surfaces in the tank is natural foraging/feeding behavior.

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    Okay, thanks. So should I do a small water change to help?

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    My Mollies did the same thing when I got them. They just had to get used to the tank. Give them time and it will be fine as long as the ammonia spike you may incur doesn't wipe it out.

    Keep an eye on your parameters. Like other's have said, your tank wasn't cycled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenIsbell View Post
    My Mollies did the same thing when I got them. They just had to get used to the tank. Give them time and it will be fine as long as the ammonia spike you may incur doesn't wipe it out.

    Keep an eye on your parameters. Like other's have said, your tank wasn't cycled.

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