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Old 06-05-2004, 01:11 AM   #1
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Why does my fish do this???

I have yellow tail blue damsel and he likes to use his tail fin to kick up the sand. Does anyone know why fish do this and if it's normal?
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Old 06-05-2004, 02:46 AM   #2
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It's perfectly normal for damsels in general. They do this for two reasons. One is as a burrow/place to hide or way of claiming "territory". The other is very similar in which they demonstrate their willingness to mate aka nesting.

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Old 06-05-2004, 03:23 AM   #3
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A couple of my damsels would do it to get at the pods in the sand. It was cool to watch them kick up sand and then stalk the sand for movement.
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Is it also normal for clown fish to burrow? I've seen clown fish do the same, except they use their whole body as oppose to just their tail.
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Old 06-06-2004, 12:54 AM   #5
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Never seen them use their belly myself but I suppose it's possible, they are damsels. Any other odd behavior otherwise?

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Actually, the fish that is using his whole body is the clown. Other behaviors.... I often see the clown bob up and down.
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As I said, a clown is a member of the damsel family so the behavior is not all that suprising. The swimming pattern is completely normal. Clowns are not graceful swimmers in the least. They primarily bob up and down as a rule.

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Old 06-06-2004, 04:49 PM   #8
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Clowns will dig holes, my clarkii does it in her cave to keep it nice and deep.
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