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09-01-2013, 08:43 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Neons swim strangely after eating
I have about 14 neons in in a 29 gal. tank. I feed them several times per day of medium fine Tetramin dry food. After eating, some of the fish swim at a 45 degree angle for hours, appearing to have ingested air with their food. They seem very uncomfortable until their buoyancy stabilizes again. Anything to worry about? Are there better foods or feeding techniques available?
09-01-2013, 11:58 PM #2
I've never seen this regularly after feeding, and I won't guess on fish health issues. But I do have a suggestion about feeding/foods. One feeding a day is more than enough for most fish (other than fry). I know all fish food manufacturers say several feedings, but I have never done this in 20+ years. Once a day, generally earlier rather than later in the "day" meaning when the tank light is one, is sufficient. And only as much as they clean up in a couple minutes.
A variety of foods may help too, though some will say that using a single good quality food is fine. But I feed a variety of three types, two are flake and one is a mini-pellet; I alternate daily. New Life Spectrum is a good brand, and Omega One. I'm not suggesting there is anything wrong with Tetra, there isn't; I just use the two mentioned brands mainly. Hikari frozen bloodworms once a week as a "treat."
What is the temperature? Neons like it slightly cooler, around 75-77F is high enough. Temperature does affect their digestion as well as other internal processes.
Last edited by Byron; 09-02-2013 at 12:00 AM.Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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09-02-2013, 12:11 AM #3
I feed my fish just like Byron, so a big plus 1 on that. I have noticed what your talking about over the years, my Harlequin's do the same but after they digest?, the return to normal. I noticed this most with Tiger barbs years ago, they would gorge themselves, than could barely swim for hours, so I guess what I'm saying is; I don't have an answer for you, LOL, but I don't think they are doing themselves any harm.Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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09-02-2013, 09:57 AM #4
It's the air in the food and that they get in eating at the surface. Food that won't float and sinks slowly is better. Byron's suggestions are perfect.No Cory, No Glory !!
09-02-2013, 02:33 PM #5
Yep. My green neons occasionally have a slight buoyancy issue but only if they went berserk and started dragging food from the surface. I now feed a tetra granule food. Part of that sinks straight away and is snapped up by the midwater crowd. The rest needs a slight soak before it sinks. That gives my hatchets a chance, what they miss arrives midwater just as the first food is gone. I feed once a day and very little actually reaches the substrate.