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  1. Default Buenos Aires Tetras Sitting on the Bottom


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    I have a school of 14 Buenos aires tetras who have suddenly started acting weird. These fish are new to me, about 2 weeks. I've never had them before. They're normally all over the place swimming around. I just looked and they were all huddled together down on the bottom and their color seems to be pale. I've never seen them do that before so I'm not sure what to make of it. I just shut the aquarium lights off and they're moving a bit more now, but still staying close to the bottom. They're being housed in my 75 gallon tank with (2) dojo loaches, (3) yoyo loaches, (1) sailfin pleco, (2) firemouth cichlids, and (1) tiger barb (I'm rehoming him/her). The only aggression going on in the tank right now is from the firemouths. Without asking for my permission they've decided to spawn so they've been protective of their cave. I've seen them chase the loaches and the pleco, but haven't seen them go after the tetras at all. As I said I've only had them for about 2 weeks and they've been totally normal until now. Does it sound like they're sick? Here's a pic.


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    I'm guessing no qt? Might just be stress or the lights could be dying.... I've had issues with fish doing that too... any ways what are your parameters?
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    As this is an established tank (rather than new within a couple weeks), and from the info you've given, I would suggest this may be severe stress from the Firemouths. The Tetra are in a new environment which in itself will stress them, plus they are recovering from the move; to be then subjected to spawning cichlids is a bit much to handle.

    After two weeks any acclimation issues should not occur. Water conditions can change of course, so the tests suggested by genocidex are wise to carry out. Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH.

    The Tiger Barb i the photo is looking the worse for wear, and this too may be the same issue, coupled with the lack of other TB's, but you know that and intend to remove it--the sooner the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genocidex View Post
    I'm guessing no qt? Might just be stress or the lights could be dying.... I've had issues with fish doing that too... any ways what are your parameters?
    I think it's definitely light related. When I shut the tank lights off last night they all went back to their normal behavior. I waited a few minutes and turned the lights back on and they all rushed to the bottom again. When the light was shut off, they resumed normal activity again. Maybe I need to replace the bulb even though it's still working correctly as far as I can tell?

    Water parameters are fine. Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20, Ph 7.6.

    Unfortunately, I'm living at home with my parents at the moment so I don't have room to have a QT tank. They've been in this tank since day 1. This is the first issue I've noticed. I have not lost any from the original first day either. No signs of illness/disease.

    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    As this is an established tank (rather than new within a couple weeks), and from the info you've given, I would suggest this may be severe stress from the Firemouths. The Tetra are in a new environment which in itself will stress them, plus they are recovering from the move; to be then subjected to spawning cichlids is a bit much to handle.

    After two weeks any acclimation issues should not occur. Water conditions can change of course, so the tests suggested by genocidex are wise to carry out. Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH.

    The Tiger Barb i the photo is looking the worse for wear, and this too may be the same issue, coupled with the lack of other TB's, but you know that and intend to remove it--the sooner the better.

    Byron.
    Yes, I did have a school of TB's, but one by one they started disappearing. I think the Firemouths are to blame. I'm waiting on my co-worker to get back from vaca (next week) and then she'll be taking my last TB to add to her school.

    I really don't think that they are stressed by the spawning Firemouths. I've been watching all of them like a hawk since I realized the FM are spawning and I've yet to see them go after the tetras. The male swims right through the school and doesn't seem to pay any attention to them at all. It's like he doesn't even see them. The FM will go after the loaches and pleco though.

    As I said above, I'm thinking this is a light related. They're doing much better today with the lights back on. Maybe I just left the lights on for too long with the excitement of the spawning pair. I'll shut them off at the normal time tonight and see how they do.

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    Floating plants are easiest way to deal with light. And all fish prefer a 'roof" above them.

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    How is the landscape of your tank? If it is light related, and they are going to their normal behavior after you turn the lights out, then my guess is they probably feel exposed and stressed with the light on, and maybe why they are shoaling so tightly in the photo, not always a common characteristic of the Buenos Aries tetra. If you had a pretty decent amount of shade that they could go (into a big cave, or under a canopy of plants), I don't think you would have this problem. Just something to try lol :)

    EDIT: Didn't see Byron's post in time. +1 to him
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    Just a quick update. I haven't done any changes other than resetting the light timer so it goes on and off at the exact same time and everything is normal. The tetras are 100% normal again. Not sure what happened the other night, but all is well now. I'm still going to find some floating plants though. I like that idea. :)

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    + 1 to getting floating plants, your Buenos aries as well as all your fish will appriciate them.

    BTW, This is a very good book on keeping tetras and barbs: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...51495398,d.cGE
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