He's just way too paranoid even with a jungle like live plants scattered all over the tank. From time to time I would observe him freak out & start swimming around the tank at high bursts of speed.
He's not scratching himself or anything. It could be due to his little runt sibling he's constantly trying to get at that's floating in a plastic insert inside the 12 day fry tank.
- I've also seen him signal to the fry, the ones closest swam over. He proceeds to eat a few. Then immediately swims off @ high speed to do several laps around the tank.
- When he returns, mouth opens up 4 tiny fry emerge, all dazed & confused for 1-2 minutes.
- I've also seen 3 month old ram the babies @ high speeds like a "raging bull" with parts of his body.
I'm still new to this, but I'm pretty sure that's not good for the little underdeveloped organs.
The other reason I think he's somewhat frantic/crazy is his fins resemble a unprepared mother with a newborn. You know hair all disheveled/clothes all messy because the newborn baby is driving her crazy through lack of sleep, constant feedings/changing/etc....
Father should be a superdelta juvie, but fins resemble a crowntail due to all his extra activity.