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I have one ~3" Common in my 55g. For the first few weeks, he was doing just fine. Swam ALL over the place non stop, and was eager to greet anybody and everybody. However for some reason, he has stopped that and I'm not sure why.. All he really does is sit in the back top right corner of the tank by the heater. I dont think he's afraid of people, because when i walk up the tank he goes to the front and greets me. He is still always eager to eat and hasnt stopped. The only time he goes out from his corner is when I walk up to the tank and when i feed him. I don't believe its a water quality issue; i tested it and its fine. I do 75% changes every week. I don't see any noticeable medical issues or overly concerning odd behavior. Do you guys think its perhaps possible that he is bored? The only thing in the tank is one fake plant and no other fish. What should I do? I was thinking about adding one more common to accompany him as a friend, but i won't be able to upgrade the tank size so i'd ultimately have to remove the second one down the road. Im a bit stuck here. Help?

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have you noticed any clamping and did you do a proper quarantine with salt and prazi on your fish? And what is the temperature of the water? nothing that is mentally stimulating other than food.

With that being said, think this is worth moving to diagnosis and discussion where you can fill out the remaining questions. As for the water parameters, could you please provide numerical values.

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  • Test Results for the Following:

    • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrate level(Tank)
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrate level(Tap)
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • Other Required Info:

      • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
      • * Water temperature?
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
      • * How often do you change the water and how much?

  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
  • * Any new fish added to the tank?
  • * Any medications added to the tank?
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
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I'd like to know also what food you feed, how often, and how much.

Also, a 55 is sufficient for 2 single tails, and it's not actually a bad idea to have 2 in the tank. :)

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