Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Cichlid Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-10-2014, 07:04 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 116
Black ghost knife help

Video below shows my 8-9 inch black ghost knife swimming vertically. It is so odd behavior that I thought I would see what everybody else thinks. It's also weird for him because he never comes out when lights are on. He started swimming this way last night, is there something wrong? Is he getting more comfortable with the tank and this is normal? We've had the tank running since the end of February, cycled it with established media, and the ghost has been in it since. Tank is 300 gallon with 55 sump and fx6, water parameters this morning were: ph: 7.4-7.6, ammonia: 0, nitrite: 0, and nitrate: 40. Testing with API master test kit. Any insight to his behavior is appreciated!
__________________

__________________
busymom23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2014, 07:05 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 116
Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAquarium Advice1397171112.545460.jpg
Views:	120
Size:	185.5 KB
ID:	232710Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAquarium Advice1397171131.577668.jpg
Views:	123
Size:	214.2 KB
ID:	232711
__________________

__________________
busymom23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2014, 07:12 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
jackson123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 117
Not completely sure but I think that isn't that weird for them. That's a big tank, what else do you have in there?
__________________
jackson123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2014, 07:26 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 116
Jack dempsey-5 inches
Albino oscar- 5 inches
Blood parrot- 4 inches
Gold severum- 1 inch
Green severum- 4 inches
Rhino pleco- 8-9 inches
Firemouth- 2 inches
5 Silver dollars- 2-3 inches
__________________
busymom23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2014, 08:43 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Bichir Bro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,773
Black ghost knife help

well first I'll answer your question, yes it's perfectly normal for them to do this. Black ghost knifes always swim in crazy patterns! Now your stock is absolutely inappropriate for anything less than around 300-400 gallons IMO.
__________________
Bichir Bro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2014, 09:45 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 116
Thanks for replying. As you can see from my original post, my tank is 300 gallons with a 55 gallon sump. I've used aqadvisor and have not received any warnings for any of my stock. I know I'm within my stocking limits, and I'm only concerned about my ghost. He would always hide except for at night, now he's out in the lights during the day swimming vertically or slow...I just want to know if he is ok..
__________________
busymom23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2014, 09:53 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Bichir Bro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,773
Black ghost knife help

[ QUOTE=busymom23;2912472]Thanks for replying. As you can see from my original post, my tank is 300 gallons with a 55 gallon sump. I've used aqadvisor and have not received any warnings for any of my stock. I know I'm within my stocking limits, and I'm only concerned about my ghost. He would always hide except for at night, now he's out in the lights during the day swimming vertically or slow...I just want to know if he is ok..[/QUOTE]

Yeah I sorta just skimmed over didn't catch that! Gotta start paying more attention!
But I ran it through aqadvisor and it showed up as 99% stock so I don't suspect anything wrong!
And yes your knife is fine! They're always swimming in the weirdest was so no need to worry!
__________________
Bichir Bro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 11:27 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Freakgecko91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,399
Your nitrates are quite high btw, you never want them getting above 20 really, a good sized water change is a good idea
__________________
Freakgecko91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 12:09 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 116
We've been doing weekly water changes and taking over 25%...but not 50%, and 40 nitrates was a day after the weekly change. I thought 40 was safe, so should I be doing more water changes? Could the nitrates affect him?
__________________
busymom23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 12:17 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Freakgecko91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,399
40 is at the very high end of the "safe" range. 10-20 is gonna be the best range IMO
__________________

__________________
Freakgecko91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
black, black ghost knife, ghost

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
African Brown Knife vs Black Ghost Knife fish?m vanimal Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 07-16-2012 12:08 PM
HELP!!! 2 Black Ghost knife fish dead stephens0813 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 35 04-13-2011 08:24 PM
Help. Black Ghost Knife Loki34829388 Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 44 03-26-2011 09:35 PM
Help! Black Ghost Knife has stringy stuff and is hiding mickitiffen Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 1 02-27-2011 02:20 AM
aba knife n ghost knife dom Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 0 09-16-2008 06:39 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.