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Can fish get depressed?

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by sakura.seppun, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. sakura.seppun

    sakura.seppun New Member

    I have a long 20 gallon tank, I did have 2 micky mouse platys, 2 male fire dwarf gouramis, 2 fire newts, 1 comet goldfish, and 1 pleco.

    Recently one of the platy's died, and I gave my goldfish and pleco to my grandmother as my tank will be too small for them in the long run.

    Now my 2 gouramis and the surviving platy are just kind of sagging. They swim very slowly about, hide often, and they all used to be very active fish.

    Any suggestions as to what is wrong with them? My readings are good and the tank is at 70-72 degrees. I am wanting to go get a few more fish, any suggestions as to what. All I have in mind is another platy, and maybe a neon blue dwarf gourami. I'm needing colorful and active fish, and also a bottom feeder would be good, as my pleco was getting much to large. Anyone know anything about gold chinese algea eaters?
  2. grnlemonade

    grnlemonade New Member

    for the readings, we will need the exact #'s please......and also, for those type of fish that water is too cool. that is probably why they are all droopy and inactive......they are tropical fish so if you can try to raise the temperature to around 78-82 degrees. that sohuld make them more active and healthy looking. :y_the_best:
  3. M_wm

    M_wm New Member

    Yah and sometimes fish arnt as skiddish if you have more fish mixed with them
  4. Aqueous

    Aqueous New Member

    Since you already have 2 male dwarf gouramis I wouldn't add another one. My dwarf gouramis were very territorial and if you get another male they could attack him and if you get a female they may fight over her.

    Chinese algae eaters can get around 10". Most usually only eat algae when they are young and as they get older their diet needs to be supplemented.
  5. sakura.seppun

    sakura.seppun New Member

    What bottom feeder would work? I cant do a loach, as I have a few small snails, is an apple snail my only option for a 20 gal? If I cannot get another gourami, is there any other suggestions? I believe 75 is the highest I can get my tank to go, would that be alright? And will my platy be happy in those temps, I've never had it that high.

    How about a Rapheal Catfish? How many guppies could I put in there and are the temps good?

    Basically, if you had a 20 gallon tank, long, that had to be at 75 degrees, there are already 2 gouramis, a platy, and 2 newts, what would you include in the tank? ANY suggestions are much appreciated.

  6. Fish Addict

    Fish Addict New Member

    clown pleco they only get to be 4 inch or some oto's
  7. Aznfryboi

    Aznfryboi New Member

    mabe it's yur water.. or mabe u'r tank is too small for it mabe it's that..
  8. sakura.seppun

    sakura.seppun New Member

    I would think that 20 gallons is enough to for two 1 1/2 inch long fish.

    My readings are pH 4.2, ammonia 0, nitrite 0.2, and nitrate at 9 ppm

    Also, my Gouramis are gaining a dark blue, still the shiny nature of the rest of their bodies, around their gills and under their mouths. Is this a sign of disease, or just the colors that they are supposed to gain from maturation?
  9. kc5gvn

    kc5gvn New Member

    Hi sakura.seppun, I'm guessing with a PH of 4.2, nitrites at 0.2 and nitrates at 9ppm, you haven't been doing any partial water changes. Get some of the debris cleaned out of the gravel and get the temperature up around 78 degrees and you should see a difference in your fishes activity.
  10. sakura.seppun

    sakura.seppun New Member

    I do partial water changes weekly, however, there is usually a LOT of debris in there. The temp is up, and that alone has my fish a lot happier.

    Thank you for all of the suggestions, but still, are there any suggestions for what I could add for a healthy and lively tank?
  11. Aznfryboi

    Aznfryboi New Member

    uhh yes u can u can add hiding spots in there for the fishes so they can get there own terrotory.. oh yes hey sakura where do u buy fire newts at??? ican't seem to find them at the pets store.. can u help me out?
  12. sakura.seppun

    sakura.seppun New Member

    I got mine at Petco.
  13. Nameless

    Nameless New Member

    I would be worried about your pH first before I would worry about anything else, that is pretty low and something should probaly be down to it.
  14. sakura.seppun

    sakura.seppun New Member

    I've done a 30% water change, via vacumming the gravel, and the readings are much better. I believe the temperature still has the most to do with the improved behaivor.
  15. Petz8888

    Petz8888 New Member

    My tank is a 30 gallon and I take out 6 gallons wweekly.

    Do you use a gravel vacume to take itr out?


    Try that and if you already do thast try to do 2 water changes weekly!

    Hope it helps!

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