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Odd or normal behaviour?
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Hi everyone. New to the fish keeping ling hobby. Have a 180l tank set up with 7 rummy nose and 4 black phantoms at present. Last night I had my lights off and when I returned from work turned them on to check things out and the fish were acting off and fairly lifeless at the bottom of the tank. I did a water check and ammonia Nitrite and Nitrate were all fine. I went to bed and woke up today and they were all fine acting as normal. Then iv been out today and a similar thing happened. Iv came home and they are all just either hiding out in the plants or floating along the floor of the tank. Is this normal for them in darkness or should I be worried something is up?
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If they’re doing that when it’s dark and behaving normally when the lights are on or it’s light in the room then they’re probably just sleeping.

All my fish go quieter and less active in the dark. As the lights come on they slowly wake up before starting to demand food about ten minutes later Smile
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Sounds like they were sleeping. With the lights off fish will go into the plants and/or bottom of the tank to rest and for security.
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Thanks for the reassurance
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If it makes you feel any better my OH freaked out one morning when she got up and seen all our fish on the bottom because the lights hadn’t come on, called me up in a panic. She didnt realise that was how fish sleep Smile
 😇 Heaven doesn’t want me...
And Hell is afraid I’ll take over! 😈
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Exactly the same thing happens to me every time I buy new fish, they literally hover at the bottom for around 2-3 days and then liven up. After those 2-3 days it is only a night and day time that their temperament changes.
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