Originally Posted by Jexx
So as some of you know, My oldest boy Galileo is quite ill with infection of the tail. This has kept me quite on edge and worried. The good thing was that my other 2 fish are healthy. Tonight when doing dinner rounds, Esmeralda jumped out of her tank and landed under an ottoman. It took me 5 mins to get her back in the water because she kept jumping around away from me. When I got her back in the tank her right pectoral fin was stuck against her body and not moving. I was terrified. She looked fine other wise and didn't even have stress stripes from the whole ordeal. I gave her a few pieces of food and when she jumped for the food her pectoral started working again. She is just spooked now so I put a towel over her tank to keep it dark. I swear I am just shaking so hard. 10 mins previously I was thinking of going and getting her a snail since she has been missing Galileo. Now I don't know if I can handle it haha :(
SAME THING HAPPEND TO ME!
Wookie my youngest and most powerful swimmer jumped from food, she even got a head start a few inches of water and I saw her coming! She jumped half a foot above the tank over and 5 feet down into a hard plastic bucket that was empty.
I found her and got her back in the tank as quick as I could. She spent maybe 2 or 3 minutes out of the water. They can breathe air so it wasn't as bad for her than other fish I imagine.
One of her pectoral fins was also clamped and she wouldn't use it. After a few hours she started using it again. I suppose maybe some pain or something was involved just like you hold you arm if you hurt it, you can still use your arm but you still hold it tight until the pain has subsided.
Months later she is still fine and very healthy. Still an olympic swimmer and jumper. I learned my lesson and I only drop food in when she's close to the surface so she doesn't have a chance to get a running start.