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Sucking Catfish Non-Stop Circling On Side Of Tank

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  1. MylesVinno

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    Hi everyone,
     
    Today, my sucking catfish started going to the right hand side of the tank and swimming in large circles along the glass repeatedly, in a very fast paced manner. He has never done this before and is still doing it as I type [​IMG]
    A possible reason that I think could have caused it was that today I gave my 5 guppies to someone else, so now the catfish is alone, could that cause this behaviour?
    The tank is around 24 litres and its parameters are in-check. 
     
    Any help would be greatly appreciated [​IMG]
     
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    Can you post the actual numbers from your tests please, including pH and hardness if you know them.
     
    Do you know what species your catfish is? Any chance of a picture?
     
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    I do not have a test kit, I only have an ammonia alert and it says that the ammonia level is safe.
     
    The species of the fish is Gyrinocheilus aymonieri.
    Photo of it: http://i328.photobucket.com/albums/l334/MylesVinno/Capture_zpskrhb1qd5.png 
     
    Thanks
     
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    I would do an immediate large water change, making sure the new water is warmed and dechlorinated, of course. Try and do at least 75% and see if he improves at all. Don't forget to switch your heater/filter off first!
     
    In the longer term, you need a set of test kits of your own. No fishkeeper should be without a means of properly testing water at any time. Also, your tank is far, far too small. CAE can get to around a foot long.
     
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    If I do a 75% water change, there will only be about 8cm of depth in the water, is that ok?
     
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    As long as the fish has enough water to cover it, yes it's fine.
     
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    Ok thanks, I will do the water change now.
     
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    Great :)
     
    Give the fish half an hour or so to settle, and post back if it's still circling :good:
     
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    I have completed the water change and he seems to have calm down. I will let you know in the morning if his erratic behaviour has fully ceased. [​IMG]
     
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    This morning, he still seems to be doing it, but a little bit slower than before, he is also occasionally sitting on the bottom for a couple of seconds, swimming up to near the top along the glass, and then coming back down again.
     
    It also turns out that we have a ph testing kit for the pool so I will test the water later today.
     
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    This morning, he still seems to be doing it, but a little bit slower than before, he is also occasionally sitting on the bottom for a couple of seconds, swimming up to near the top along the glass, and then coming back down again.
     
    It also turns out that we have a ph testing kit for the pool so I will test the water later today.
     


    He seems to have calmed down now as he isn't doing any of the strange movement patterns any more. Thanks for all the advice! [​IMG]
     
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    I'm glad to hear he's acting more normally.
     
    You really must, as a matter of urgency, get the fish a larger tank, and yourself some proper (liquid or tablet based) test kits; you need to be able to test for nitrite, nitrate and pH, as well as ammonia.
     

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