Tetra laying on its side

Discussion in 'Aquatic Health/Diseases' started by CarpCharacin, May 4, 2017.

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  1. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    One of the two tetras in my small 2.5 gallon tank is laying on its side, but then it gets up and swims around and then it goes back down to the bottom. I did a water change on the tank recently. What do you think could be causing it? The fish is several years old, could it be dying from old age?
     
  2. Anders247

    Anders247 Bolivian ram Administrator Moderator Well-known Member

    What type of tetra is it?
     
  3. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    I think it is a long fin black skirt tetra, I originally had 5 in 2014.
     
  4. Anders247

    Anders247 Bolivian ram Administrator Moderator Well-known Member

    How old do you think it was when you got it? It could be old age, as they live 5-6 years on average.
     
  5. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    I'm not sure, but I think it was full grown when I got it.
     
  6. Anders247

    Anders247 Bolivian ram Administrator Moderator Well-known Member

    It didn't grow at all? I wouldn't be surprised if it was already 2-3 years old, and now it is dying of old age. This sounds like old age death to me.
     
  7. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    I can't remember, because I got them over two years ago, but I don't think it grew much if any. It was acting kind of weird after I added safe when I did a water change about a week ago, but it was acting fine a few hours later.
     
  8. Anders247

    Anders247 Bolivian ram Administrator Moderator Well-known Member

    Yeah, it probably is old age.
     
  9. acaraguy2375

    acaraguy2375 Neon tetra Member

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    It's not old age... it's crappy water.. 2.5 gal??? My feeder snail box is bigger than that...

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  10. Anders247

    Anders247 Bolivian ram Administrator Moderator Well-known Member

    I believe he is keeping them there temporarily.
     
  11. acaraguy2375

    acaraguy2375 Neon tetra Member

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    Sounds about right.

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  12. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    The other one is acting fine, if it was crappy water, both of them would be acting sick.
     
  13. acaraguy2375

    acaraguy2375 Neon tetra Member

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    Not necessarily. One could Just have been weaker to begin with.

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  14. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio Administrator Fish mentor

    The tetra died. RIP tetra :(.
     
  15. Anders247

    Anders247 Bolivian ram Administrator Moderator Well-known Member

    Sorry for your loss. :(
     

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