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Mega Fish
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So my tiger barbs having been doing this thing where their butts seem to float up when they sit still. It seems to get worse after eating. I'm guessing it has to do with them gulping air when they are feeding. What can be done to make this better and prevent it?
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feed them something sinking, or pre-sink their food.

Are there any other signs of illness?

Are they passing waste regularly?

For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks. - Terry Pratchett

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Mega Fish
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EditedEdited by superlion
Also, it might help to feed them some fresh/frozen-thawed peas (pop the inside out of the pea that you'd normally eat, as the fish can't eat the outside part). This will help clear out their digestive tract so their swimbladder can stabilize.

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I have been keeping Tiger Barbs for over two years now, one of my favorite species... I see my TB's do this all the time... It's like they suspend in the tank, nose down without moving for a period of time...

I think if you watch them closely, you'll see that they do it not only after feeding but really any time. I think it's just something these awesome guys just do...

Good luck!
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I have Black Ruby Barbs and they bottoms up float too. At first I was worried, but they seem to be doing okay. The coloring is fine and they swim the same as usual. They aren't struggling to right themselves. I make sure everyone gets thawed, shelled, smashed peas every 2-3 days. I figure no deaths... They must be okay.

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