Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New England, USA
My Baby Blue is an odd little female VT.
She is in love with the water intake pipe in her 5 gallon tank. I am not kidding.
She wraps her body around the intake pipe and hugs it, sort of. Well, okay, that could be her swimming around the pipe extra close. But it gets weirder still.
At the bottom of the intake pipe there is a cage, about 1 1/2" long, to keep smaller fish from getting sucked up the pipe. At first, she accidently swam to close to it, and got stuck there for a second. She broke free, and wasn't harmed, so I was relieved.
It started to happen more frequently. Then I realized BB was doing it on purpose, not by accident!
She swims right up to the intake cage, lets herself get stuck to it, and hangs there for about 15 seconds. Then she breaks free and goes her merry way. She'll do this several times a night!
I figure she must be getting some sort of weird fishy gratification from this...
She also likes to be right in the stream of incomming water when I refill the tank, and before she got her tank mates, she edged her tank with mini bubble nests (I thought this was a male behavior? I know from her gravid thingee she's a girl).
Any thoughts on this? BB is about 8 months old now.