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Swimming vertically

Discussion in 'Fish Discussion' started by oceankid, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. oceankid

    oceankid New Member

    What does it mean if you saw a fish swimming vertically towards the top of the aquarium?
  2. flower

    flower Active Member

    Originally Posted by OceanKid

    What does it mean if you saw a fish swimming vertically towards the top of the aquarium?

    Constantly swimming sideways or trying to eat some algae up top by the edge? Nibbling algae is a normal fish thing to do, but if the fish can’t upright itself then they are sick.
  3. handbanana

    handbanana New Member

    Both of my clownfish sleep completly vertically in a crack in my rockwall. Nose to tail one on top of the other standing on their heads. Its pretty funny. they both are fine.
  4. oceankid

    oceankid New Member


    Originally Posted by Handbanana

    Both of my clownfish sleep completly vertically in a crack in my rockwall. Nose to tail one on top of the other standing on their heads.
    Its pretty funny. they both are fine.
    That is how my fish is acting, and it's not actually swimming, it's like he'she is floating. Is it really fine?
  5. speg

    speg New Member

    my clown SLEEPS that way too.. but doesn't do it when not sleeping.
  6. What type of fish?
  7. handbanana

    handbanana New Member

    Yes I agree, mine only does it while sleeping. they don't move at all. Just seem to stick in one place. If yours are doing this during the day there may be an issue.
    Tank mates? Stress?
    I know when I got my first clown it would lie flat on its side for about an hour, under a rock. Then it swam out and was fine.
    What kind of fish is it? I've heard that sometimes a fish will orientate itself with a specific point in the tank, If it perceives this point to be the ground it will orientate itself accordingly, even it the point is on the wall.
    Who knows though, fish are weird.
  8. beaslbob

    beaslbob New Member

    Isn't vertical swimming cleaner fish behaviour?

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