Fish Rubbing Themselves Against, Plants, Rocks. Is This Normal?
Posted 12 February 2008 - 03:46 AM
Posted 12 February 2008 - 03:56 AM
My fish sometimes have an ich it looks like. So they quickly rub there bodies against the gravel or plants or rocks. Is this normal or an indicator of something wrong in the water. Just curious, the fish all seem to be healthy and have been around for a while. thanks in advance for any help.
see any small white spots on them? or check your water stats lately?
Posted 12 February 2008 - 05:25 AM
My bad! in my last comment I meant to say itch not ich.
Posted 12 February 2008 - 11:27 AM
Posted 13 February 2008 - 05:09 AM
Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:15 AM
Posted 13 February 2008 - 07:19 AM
Are you using the dip sticks or liquid when you test the water? This liquid is more actuate.
However, I see a problem, you should have a NitrAte reading so you tank may not be fully cycled. In a cycled tank you always get an ammonia and nitrite spike then you get a reading on your nitrates.
How often do you clean your tank and is your pH stable? If your ph fluctuates fish will flash and have a hard time coping with the fluctuation. If it remains stable donít worry about the pH then.
So that said I would get a real close up look of the fish. Check them over real good. Have you been using and chemicals near the tank? This will cause a lot of problems. Even aerosol sprays around the house.
Posted 13 February 2008 - 07:39 AM
Keep a close eye on them, and make sure your water stats are good.
Posted 14 February 2008 - 05:42 AM
Thanks for the help I appreciate it. Also if they get the ich, how do I get rid of it? I do have a lot of plants, and was told not to add medicines to the tank.
Peace and hair grease.
Posted 14 February 2008 - 05:54 AM
Posted 14 February 2008 - 12:10 PM
Do you have a python? That will save you a lot of back breaking work. When you clean your tank take all the decorations out and vacuum the gravel really good.
All the food got to the bottom (extra uneaten food) and that is why it is important to clean the gravel. Be sure to add a water conditioner.
Until you get your problems resolved I would feed your fish lightly.
Edited by chicklette, 14 February 2008 - 12:13 PM.
Posted 15 February 2008 - 02:38 AM
Posted 15 February 2008 - 03:49 AM
If your fish do get ich you should medicate them with a good ich med until the spots go away. This continue the treatment for another week to make sure it doesn't come back. But just because your fish are flicking it doesn't mean they have ich, almost all external parasites will make the fish flick.
Posted 15 February 2008 - 08:05 AM
When you clean your filter gently rinse media is tank water, never tap. Tap water will get rid of the good bacteria. You can dump the water out in the filter and fill it back up with tank water.
But you do have to clean the gravel with your vacuum. If not ammonia and nitrites will build up. Just donít change the gravel. There is a lot of debris that needs to be cleaned in the gravel so donít worry about that.
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