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Old 03-10-2011, 10:09 PM   #1 
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Stressstripe Oddity?

It seems like whenever my girl Pleonie is out of her cave she has stress stripes but when she returns there completely gone. Is she just shy?
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:17 PM   #2 
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She's probably just shy. :)

It would help to hear about your setup, though, just to make sure there's nothing stressing her. How many gallons/temperature/waterchanges/food/etc?
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:40 PM   #3 
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Shes by herself in a two gallon tank changes twice a week, 78 degrees and feeding her once daily 2-3 pellets. And she has a next door neighbor daniel who she seems to like, he never flares and she has gotten beeding stripes a couple of times.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:42 PM   #4 
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Hm, the only thing I notice is that you should probably be doing more water changes than that in a two gallon tank. You use water conditioner, right?
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:45 PM   #5 
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I was using water conditioner with tap water but for some reason it seemed to stress her out more, so I started buying distilled water, i also have some aquarium salt i use.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:53 PM   #6 
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Hmm, I'm not sure if distilled water has all the minerals that fish need....

Let's see if someone more knowledgable comes in. But my first instinct would be to go back to tap water and conditioner. Maybe make a gradual transition.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:56 PM   #7 
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Don't use salt for more than ten days. If the tap water is stressing her, it may be something in the water. You're water changes sound fine, so long as they are 100%. Does she have a filter? The current may cause her to be stressed out, but in the cave there is no current.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:02 PM   #8 
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Thank you for telling me about the salt! And I live in south Texas where the water is very very HARD. And they are 100% everytime, no filter.] either.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:37 PM   #9 
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Try and get her lots of plants and decor to hide in if she might be shy :3 Fill that sucker with plants that are soft and billowy to hide behind and dart from one to another with. Perhaps offer another kind of cave, or remove the cave for a bit? If she wigs out, return it, but maybe she'll chill after a day or two.
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