Acanthurus Bariene acting very strange

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  1. Trev

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    I have noticed over the last few days that my Barriene is acting very strange he is bobbing his head out of the water about 4 times in and out, he does this every 2 hours aprox. Its almost as if he is trying to gulp for air and then swimming around until he does the same again. Has anyone ever seen this from a fish before?

    Below is a pic of him doing it

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    trev is he doing it in the same area of the tank each time he does it?
     
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    Yeah thats it he is, give or take a foot to each side
     
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    Stray current?

    Heard it can make fish act strange and that they always do it in the same spot.
     
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    Really wow, but would it only affect one fish?
     
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    Some fish are more sensitive than others. I know tangs are one of them. I'll find a link for you now.
     
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    thats what i was thinking :blush:
     
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    "Fish don’t like electrical current to flow through their bodies. When higher electrical current levels flow through the water, fish will orient their bodies to minimize the potential (voltage) across their bodies, thereby minimizing the electrical current flowing through their bodies. At very low levels, the fish may only act strangely or seek areas of the aquarium where electrical current is not flowing. It is doubtful that continuous current flow through a fish’s body is beneficial, and may in fact be the source of anecdotal reports of Hole in the Head disease and Lateral Line Erosion"

    http://angel-strike.com/aquarium/GroundingProbes.html
     
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    eish, I don't think it is that bad, I seen plenty fish doing it when acclimitising, even with an airstone in the water. Maybe something to do with the swim bladder (buoyancy)
     
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    Fish can only hold their breath for so long !
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    Ok so if it was a stray current I assume it could be so small that I wouldnt feel it cuase I definately dont feel anything, also the tank isnt grounded so technical no current should be able to flow it should be static. This seems to be the most plausable explination so far. When he does it I will wait another hour and then switch the power to the tank off completely and wait to see if he does it for 2 - 3 hours
     
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    Trev are those sunsun pumps at the bottom of the pic. If so they are the most likely cause.
     
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    Yes they are, I supose they may leak current. Still waiting for him to do it then the power goes off.
     
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    So I tried putting the power off after he did it and it seemed to have no effect just less than 45min later he did it again and again after that. So could this rule out stray current?
     
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    Best way to feel the current is to wet the floor , stand in the puddle ( bare foot )and feel the water with your fingertipps - make sure your heater is on at the same time to make sure all appliences are on.

    Im sure yove tested , but check the nitrite, it could be nitrite burning the gills and giving him the low oxygen feeling as the damaged gills arnt alowing oxygen transfer - on the same token - could be gill parrasites .

    good luck
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    please tell me you joking. If not..this is by far the worst piece on info ever posted.
     
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    Dont knock it till youve tried it !

    If you dont feel anything while your testing the water or putting your hand in the tank and you want to know if there is a faint current , ground yourself.

    Ive done it - keep in mind ive worked in and arround tanks for 18 years, and hey im still standing !

    Ive felt the faint currents this way , but hey , probebly not as good as your idea.
     
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    You are actually serious!!!

    Stray current in a tank may be just enough to feel, or it could be a massive short waiting for an unsuspecting human to earth.

    it doesnt matter how long you've been doing it. Inducing electrocution to test for stray current is BAD advice. What happens if a newcomer actually has a serious electrical fault in his tank and decides to use your method??


    there are instruments available to test for faint currents.
     
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    Yes im serius and yes , there are instruments for it, but im sure Trev doesnt have them.and the idea was for Trev.

    Although ive done this many times to check for these leaks, i didnt think about the newcomers - so yes BAD IDEA guys " dont try this at home - or anywhere !

    Im not making light of the situation, but i do take chances to find out whats going on ASAP and dont think about the other guy who might take a unnessery chance.

    Will keep my DIY electricle on the down low .
     
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