Fish is a beautiful pet that can keep us every time entertain. We care for those loving pets. There are many times they need some special care from us.
Pet fish sometimes shows some unusual behavior, we should closely observe them if it is natural or something else.
Sometimes the aquarium fish swim erratically, in circles, up and down, in darting motion, and sometimes upside down. You should carefully observe this manner.
If you see one of the above mention behavior, it means there is some issue with the fish or the aquarium water quality.
They can display this behavior for many reasons like stress (glass surfing), ammonia poisoning and poor water quality (circle and darting motion), swim bladder disease (floating to the top, swimming sideways, or sinking to the bottom).
In the article we will discuss, why is my fish swimming in circles? And its possible solution.
Some Reasons Why Is My Fish Swimming In Circles?
There are several reasons for aquarium fish to swim erratically. You should be concerned about the manner of fish.
Why is my fish swimming erratically? there are some reasons for fish to swim erratically.
Ammonia Poisoning Or Poor Water Quality
One of the main reasons for fish to swim erratically is poor water quality or ammonia poisoning. If you notice your fish is swimming particularly in a jerky, dating motion, this means it may be suffering from ammonia poisoning or reacting to poor water quality.
Symptoms of ammonia poisoning
Swimming is rapid circle tucked fins, rapid breathing, lethargy, and fish gasping at the surface are also signs of ammonia poisoning. Altho gasping at the surface can be for less oxygen in aquarium water. So before coming to any conclusion test your aquarium water thoroughly.
How ammonia is produced in aquariums?
There are three main reasons for the rapid growth in ammonia in aquariums. You are overfeeding your fish and don’t remove extra foods from your aquarium. When that extra food is rotten they produce ammonia. which is very toxic for any aquarium fish.
Fish bio-waste is a reason for ammonia growth in aquariums. If you don’t have a good filter in your aquarium that boi-waste can also produce ammonia.
Ammonia and Nitrates are both toxic to fish. But Nitrates are less toxic than ammonia.
The recommended ammonia in an aquarium is 0ppm and Nitrates are 20 ppm.
You can use a good filter. Stop overfeeding your fish and remove the excess food from the aquarium. Don’t overstock your fish tank. Regularly check your aquarium water parameters and change 25% of the water every week.
Symptoms of Glass Surfing
The common of the fish is constantly swimming up and downside. Always swimming upside down doesn’t mean glass surfing. Those fish can be curious and swim upside down.
If that swimming is only for the curious that should stop in one and two days.
Cause of Glass Surfing
Glass surfing case by poor water, non-suitable environment, overstock, overfeed or less feed, stress, poor stocking (incompatible tank mates).
Find out the cause, and why your fish doing upside-down swimming. Try to match your fish’s wild environment in your aquarium. Know your fish better don’t put incompatible tank mates.
Swim Bladder Disorder
The swim bladder disease is common in goldfish and betta fish, but this can also happen in other tropical fish.
Symptom of Swim Bladder Disorder
If any aquarium fish is affected with swim bladder disease, they will show many physical changes with swimming difficulties. Most of the time the affected ones either sink to the bottom or float at the top of the aquarium.
Cause of swim bladder disorder
This disorder comes when the swim bladder doesn’t work normally due to disease, physical disorder, or environmental factors like water temperature.
Overfeeding is also a cause of this disorder. Overfeeding can cause constipation and constipation can lead to swimbladder disorder.
You should keep an eye on the temperature of your aquarium to prevent swim bladder disorder. Clean your aquarium frequently and change aquarium too.