Observing fish is something that many people enjoy doing. Especially watching cory catfish darting to surface. You can have a lot of fun watching your fish move around their tank when you sit and watch their tank.
If you have a community aquarium, you might want to consider having a cory catfish as a part of it. Since cory catfish are such peaceful fish, they are very popular.
In a community aquarium, they make a great community fish and keeping them happy in your aquarium should be an easy task. However, if the fish show strange behaviors, then it may be of concern.
Is it true that you have noticed that the cory catfish swimming up and down the glass of the tank has become more noticeable at times? Could you please tell me why this is happening?
What does it say about a healthy pet when he swims up and down in his tank? The information in this article will help you to properly care for your fish so be sure to keep reading to find all the information that you need.
Glass Surfing When First Introduced To A Tank
A common occurrence in tanks with newly introduced fish is the phenomenon of glass surfing.
It is important to note that if you have only had the fish in the tank for a few days or a few weeks then there should not be anything to worry about.
It can be stressful for a fish to be put into a new aquarium when something is new to it.
When they feel stressed, they might start swimming up and down the table and might even start running on the ground to get out of the situation.
The cory catfish should eventually get used to its new environment, and it should be able to feel more at ease.
It might take some time for a fish to start feeling better if you’re feeding them correctly and monitoring their water parameters properly.
Whenever there is a problem with a server, the fact that it persists usually indicates that something is wrong.
In order to determine what the problem may be, you need to keep an eye on it.
Water Parameter Issues
There is a high probability of glass surfing occurring because of a problem with water parameters.
Having water parameters that are not optimal often causes cory catfish to start swimming up and down in the fish tank which stresses them out.
The other important thing is to realize that there are many different kinds of issues with water parameters.
The quality of the water can be negatively affected by a wide variety of different factors.
The ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels in your fish tank can spike rapidly if you fail to clean the tank often enough.
The presence of excessive amounts of nitrate can easily kill cory catfish when nitrate levels are high.
For things to remain safe for the fish in your aquarium, you will have to clean the tank weekly and change the water.
Moreover, you have to do regular pH testing on a regular basis.
It is important to keep in mind that various factors can throw off the pH balance. It can be detrimental to keep too many fish in a tank since too much waste can be generated, and that can throw the balance off.
It’s very important to maintain a pH balance in the aquarium all the time to keep your fish as healthy as possible.
Specifically, the pH balance of the water needs to remain within a range of 7.0 to 8.0, while the alkalinity of the water must also remain within a range of 3 to 10 dKH.
Aside from the water temperature, you need to consider the type of water as well.
This is because cory catfishes cannot adapt to extremely hot temperatures in water.
The water temperature should be kept between 74 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for cory catfish as a rule of thumb.
If you are taking care of several types of cory catfish, you will likely need to adhere to this range of recommendations, but in general, this will be good to practice when caring for any type of catfish.
Lack Of Hiding Spots
It is fun to see the cory catfish hide in the aquarium when they are not being watched.
The fish might feel a bit uncomfortable if you do not have any places for them to hide in your fish tank.
As a result of the lack of comfort, glass surfing can become an issue. In addition to having aquatic plants, you should ensure that the fish in the tank have hiding places where they can hide from predators.
You should find some good aquatic plants that your cory catfish will like so that you can nurture them.
They are going to be able to hide when they feel the need to do so, and that will give them a feeling of security.
Once you add hiding places to the tank, you should notice that there is less glass surfing.
There’s a fairly good chance that this issue is related to the fact that you don’t have any hiding places for the fish right now.
Having discovered that cory catfish swimming up and down the tank is a sort of bad omen, you can now do something about it and try to make things happen.
There are many reasons why one of these fish may become stressed. The stress is what causes the fish to act in this manner.
In fact, there may be a problem with the quality of the water in the tank. If they do not get enough food or they are kept in too small groups, either of these issues could be at play.
Analyzing the current circumstances in the tank will assist you in making informed decisions in order to improve the situation.
If you determine the cause of the fish’s behavior and take steps to correct it, your fish should stop glass surfing.
Video About Cory Catfish Darting To Surface
Annette M. Chaney is an experienced marine biologist with over 20 years of experience as an aquarist and fishkeeper. She started her first aquarium at a young age, filling it with frogs and goldfish obtained from the ten-cent pet store.
Annette grew up caring for and breeding African Cichlids, which led to a hobby in high school that doubled as a profitable means. Attending Reed College gave her time to solidify herself as an accomplished aquarium caretaker with an eye for sales. After that, from 2009 – 2013, she studied at Roger Williams University – one of the most prestigious universities for Aquaculture and Aquarium in USA. She is the founder of AquariumCircle since 2010.