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Old 02-10-2010, 06:11 PM   #1 
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Is it normal for my fish to stop moving completely?

Earl is doing pretty well! He's really blossomed and become quite the character. I got home today and he was flaring at nothing, goofy fish.

I've noticed that he'll go into what looks like a sleep stage for a really long time. His entire body stops moving.... gills, fins, everything. I've watched him for 5 minutes straight with him doing this and he just looks like a statue.

Is this normal? Is he just sleeping, or what? If I gently tap the side of the tank he'll wake up and swim all over the place. I think he only does it when the water is completely still in the tank. I don't know. It is alarming! Is this normal?
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:17 PM   #2 
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My new little man Mr Brightside seemed to do that for a while when I brought him home yesterday, he also had a bloaty belly so I was concerned for the worst. But the bloating went down overnight (methiks he ate like a pig at the pet store).
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I am not sure how normal the statue behaviour is D: I hope it isn't anything to worry about or I will hav a problem on my hands with my new fish.
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:21 PM   #3 
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What temp is the water? he could be cold.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:37 PM   #4 
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I don't know, we just got 14 inches of snow and I can't make the drive to get my real tank...he's in a 1.5 gallon with a light that heats the tank.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:30 PM   #5 
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put a heating pad on low on the back. that should help
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