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Occasional rock scratching?

puma85puma85 Member, Classifieds Posts: 370
edited March 2012 in Tropical / Freshwater Fish
Hi all

I have noticed a couple of times now a few of my cichlids have dipped down for a little scratch on the rocks. Does anyone know what this is a sign of? Is it normal for the odd occasion?

The only ones that I have noticed are the two blue peacocks. Everything in the tank seems normal I can't notice anything on the fish.

Nitrites 0
Ammonia 0
PH 8.2
Nitrates 20 (this was last Sunday just before I did a water change)

Any ideas or am I looking too much into it?

Cheers

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  • puma85puma85 Member, Classifieds Posts: 370
    Actually no scrap what I have just said. I think that maybe it's everything in there and it's more often than I first thought.

    My attention has been taken away from my tank in the last week with the new puppy that we have just bought however I have just spent the last 20 mins watching the tank and there are a lot of the peacocks in there having a good scratch.

    I am running a UV light so I wouldn't think there could be anything in the tank. The only meds that I have are pimafix and melafix any of those good?

    This might need to go to the emergency room now <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: -->
  • DougDoug Member, Classifieds Posts: 2,371
    hrmmm, water parameters are spot on. Have you chacked your UV lately. I checked both of mine the other day and one was oujt, i have no idea for how long its been dead for. Could be whitespot... <!-- s:sad: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":sad:" title="Sad" /><!-- s:sad: -->
  • puma85puma85 Member, Classifieds Posts: 370
    Yeah I have rulled out the water being an issue.

    Well the UV is a cheapie however it's only about 1-2 months old it is actually still running I would imagine it would have to do something correct.

    The fish seem very happy I can't notice any spots on any of them at all they are eating well and out and about playing around.

    What meds do you think I should get on hand just in case? All I have is pimafix and melafix.
  • shaunoshauno Member Posts: 122
    Yeah I have rulled out the water being an issue. The fish seem very happy I can't notice any spots on any of them at all they are eating well and out and about playing around.

    Puma the exact same thing happened to me. Your first clue is in your above statement.

    Basically one night we had a few too many and as we were walking back to the unit we noticed this strange red light. Mesmorised by its glow we staggered under itas spell up a dimly lit set of stairs. A lady named Princess opened the door and welcomed us in. A conversation soon ensued regarding this strange red glow and the conversation soon turned. Anyway I passed out out on a paisly couch with an odd documentary playing in the background about a mikman and his first housewife visit of the day. As I fell asleep a fair amount of agreement and references to god could be heard from the nearby rooms as my friends discussed what could have only been the wattage or filtering system that the red light was using to produce such a glow. There very keen on lighting and decorative arts as you can appreaciate.

    After exactly 6 and half minutes we were out the door and making our way back home. This led of course to us having a couple of quiet beers in the backyard when all of a sudden my mate started scratching against a rock. Then the rest of the red light workshop started doing the same. After a while of this I was as bemused as you. Should I apply a broad spectrum or maybe turn the temp up and add some salt? Upon close examination I too noticed no spots or odvious abrasions. What I did know however that they were happy, eating and playing out and about so I let them be. Dont worry this is normal behoviour - dont be alarmed.
  • puma85puma85 Member, Classifieds Posts: 370
    Yeah I have rulled out the water being an issue. The fish seem very happy I can't notice any spots on any of them at all they are eating well and out and about playing around.

    Puma the exact same thing happened to me. Your first clue is in your above statement.

    Basically one night we had a few too many and as we were walking back to the unit we noticed this strange red light. Mesmorised by its glow we staggered under itas spell up a dimly lit set of stairs. A lady named Princess opened the door and welcomed us in. A conversation soon ensued regarding this strange red glow and the conversation soon turned. Anyway I passed out out on a paisly couch with an odd documentary playing in the background about a mikman and his first housewife visit of the day. As I fell asleep a fair amount of agreement and references to god could be heard from the nearby rooms as my friends discussed what could have only been the wattage or filtering system that the red light was using to produce such a glow. There very keen on lighting and decorative arts as you can appreaciate.

    After exactly 6 and half minutes we were out the door and making our way back home. This led of course to us having a couple of quiet beers in the backyard when all of a sudden my mate started scratching against a rock. Then the rest of the red light workshop started doing the same. After a while of this I was as bemused as you. Should I apply a broad spectrum or maybe turn the temp up and add some salt? Upon close examination I too noticed no spots or odvious abrasions. What I did know however that they were happy, eating and playing out and about so I let them be. Dont worry this is normal behoviour - dont be alarmed.

    Humm nice little story there I think <!-- s:scratch: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_scratch.gif" alt=":scratch:" title="scratch" /><!-- s:scratch: -->

    So after all that you have experienced the same thing and you just let them be and all was good. I just thought that maybe it was a tell tail sign of something that might be brewing. Would rather hit it on the head before it shows it's ugly face and I start loosing fish thats all.
  • fletch95fletch95 Member Posts: 390
    dont worry <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->
    all fish do this. i guess their just ichy
    ive seen this on wild fish many times. when bream fishing they do it, same with luderick and tilapia fishing, you see a flash of colour at the substrate or the river/sea
    my cichlid s and perches do this occasional and they've had no problems
  • puma85puma85 Member, Classifieds Posts: 370
    Yeah actually I think you are right.

    I actually just caught two of them on camera doing the deed <!-- s:safesex: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_safesex.gif" alt=":safesex:" title="safesex" /><!-- s:safesex: --> so I would imagine if they are sick they aren't going to breed.

    I think they got disturbed though and the mother ate the eggs that she had in her mouth so far as she was kind of chewing shortly after the other big male made an appearance.

    Do they do that?

    I'm watching the tank now and the big male tangerine peacock is going ballistic and trying to own the tank he must be ready to <!-- s:dance5: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/DancingMonster.gif" alt=":dance5:" title="dance5" /><!-- s:dance5: -->
  • FraykFrayk Member Posts: 1,009
    Both my Tandanus & Snake headed gudgeon, do this , yet they r fit and well,both around 9 inches, &have had both since they were about 3 inches.Who knows though, could be a long term thingy?
  • sahara1989sahara1989 Member Posts: 63
    Hi puma85, flashing can also be due to a change in the Gh and Kh if you have done a water change recently. But nothing to worry about if that is the case. The other thing I was wondering if you had had any new additions recently, and if so have you treated for possible gill fluke?
  • Heintz.GHeintz.G Moderator Posts: 1,363
    Relevant post to thread well done.

    Only thing is this thread is over 12 months old.
    Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes & dreams.
  • sahara1989sahara1989 Member Posts: 63
    Sorry, new to forum. Does that mean I shouldn't post to thread that old? Thanks
  • Heintz.GHeintz.G Moderator Posts: 1,363
    That's cool and welcome, no I wouldn't bother going back to old posts, as all the old posts would be all cleared up by now. ;)

    Anyway click the link and tell us all about your self

    http://forum.livefish.com.au/discussion/1876/members-getting-to-know-members#latest

    Then click this one and start another thread (new topic)telling us what tanks, fish, and plants you have and post your pics as well.

    http://forum.livefish.com.au/categories/tropical-freshwater-fish

    Cheers. Heintz.G
    Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes & dreams.
  • sahara1989sahara1989 Member Posts: 63
    Thanks! Will do :)
  • FraykFrayk Member Posts: 1,009
    Hi sahara 1989,welcome,BTW-you got off lightly. B-)
  • Heintz.GHeintz.G Moderator Posts: 1,363
    C'mon Frayk you know we were only playing, :))
    Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes & dreams.
  • sahara1989sahara1989 Member Posts: 63
    Well I'll be careful in the future!!!! :))
  • FraykFrayk Member Posts: 1,009
  • Errol WilsonErrol Wilson Member, Classifieds Posts: 526
    Hey Frayk....... =))
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