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Headstanding Tiger Barbs
June 23, 2008
10:21 pm
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Reva
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does anyone here know what makes a Tiger Barb do a headstand? I have a school of 10...they zing all around and then for some unknown reason they will point the mouth straight down like a leporinus and just hang in the water. Last time they did this they began dying off one by one. In the same water were happy Rosy B's and rasboras.

Is this behavioral or water quality problem?

June 24, 2008
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It´s probably an inbreeding problem. I´ve seen them do this too. How big are they Reva?

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June 24, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ Jun 24 2008, 02:15 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
It´s probably an inbreeding problem. I´ve seen them do this too. How big are they Reva?


Full grown...as big as they get...um...almost walnut size.. /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

June 24, 2008
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I´ll be honest, I´ve never kept this species. /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> Reading elsewhere though it seems that the head-down action is either caused by the fish taking in air at the surface when feeding and thus becoming bloated, or overfeeding. No idea which (if either) of these is correct sorry Reva. What food do they get?

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June 24, 2008
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wow, it's so cool to find people who know more about fish than i do. I can rarely get my questions answered locally. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> I only bought this species myself because they were supposed to be tough little boogers who could live with my parrot cichlids..NOT! They havent nipped anyone and the Rosy barbs bullied them! That's why I moved the Rosys into the dither group with the checkers. I do like barbs though..miniture koi /ohmy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.gif" />

thank you ! The answer IS that I overfed them in trying to keep the Ctenopoma from eating the checker barbs. they get frozen blood worms, frozen brine shrimp, fronzen spirulina, tetramin flakes, parboiled vegies etc. I have been overdoing the frozen worms most likely. Overfeeding things (from humans to dogs to fish) is one of my faults /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

June 24, 2008
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I remember reading that this is completely normal for tiger barbs to do this. /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

I have also noticed my oddessa barbs do this occasionally before lights on.

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June 24, 2008
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If Mick sees this he might be able to shed some light on it...(AHEMMM, cough, cough....). /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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June 24, 2008
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7 o'clock is normal, but not as far as I know straight down.

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June 24, 2008
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it is just a normal thing especially with tigers, but most barbs if you put a strong current in the tank will to some extent put their heads down in the current.

mick

June 25, 2008
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thank you everyone. This relieves my mind. Nobody looks sick, and they are at an angle ie 5:oo or 7:00 depending on which direction they are going. Do you think it could be one of those "I am just a hole in the water...pay no attention to me" kind of things they do in the presence of a percieved threat? Perhaps the Kribs are scarey ??? I do have a Rena filter a size bigger than the tank needs making a decent current and also two airstone bubblers going.

June 25, 2008
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If Mick says it´s normal I´d take that as read Reva, he´s something of a barb geek! /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Your filtration sounds spot on to me too. Are they at more of an angle facing into the flow by any chance?

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June 25, 2008
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It might be worth altering the flow rate on the filter , so the Tigers dont have to swim at this odd angle ?

June 26, 2008
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QUOTE(botty @ Jun 25 2008, 01:06 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
It might be worth altering the flow rate on the filter , so the Tigers dont have to swim at this odd angle ?


It is not that hard botty, and Hi! I havent met you before /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Matt, it's really wierd. They will hang in the upper corners, snout down, or down in the plants near the bottom, snout down, or even mid water, snout -down *sigh*, with no apparent relationship to the current. then i will open the hood to feed and whoosh! Everyone is swimming and zinging around like normal... /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" />

March 28, 2012
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QUOTE (mickthefish @ Jun 24 2008, 03:36 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
it is just a normal thing especially with tigers, but most barbs if you put a strong current in the tank will to some extent put their heads down in the current.

mick

i started to notice this happening to my tiger barb a few minutes ago. it has been maybe 2 minutes since feeding ended and 30 min since lights on. she is facing either 7 or 5, as i have seen all of my tigers do at various points in the day, but oddly her black stripes are slightly greyed or blotched looking. this is the part that concerns me. thoughts?

April 7, 2012
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My barbs do this on and off. I find my P. padamya and P. titteya do it more than my P. rhomboocelatus and P. pentazoa but they all do it. The P. titteya do it regularly, they tend to be active for a few days then hang around a lot. It concerns me when the P. padamya do it because they're always so active, but they're always fine after. Mine too is usually around the 5:00 or 7:00 mark. My filtration is about average.

I always think its them either digesting food or taking a bit of a breather. Mine tend to sleep in this position from time to time too!?

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