Beginners often wonder about the difference between a newly dead guppy and a sleeping one; this post is created to explain the difference between the two behavioral traits. Everyone knows guppies are active, and this is why it is hard to tell their present state whenever they are relaxing or dead.
Guppies can be called diurnal just like humans; they enjoy their sleep at night but very active during the day. Their diurnal nature is the reason experienced aquarists recommend switching off lights at night so that they can sleep though the reason guppies sleep is unknown, we believe they do so to conserve their strength.
Now let’s get to the topic; it is easy to know if your guppies are sleeping, especially when they’re healthy. Healthy fish don’t hide in the aquarium or become motionless during the day. If you witness things like these during the day, then something is wrong. Well-fed and healthy guppies are not usually static or hide under live plants for hours during the day.
Fear not, especially in the night when you turn off the light at night, and they suddenly become static, de-colored, and slowly breath. However, if you did not notice any bloating, infection, whitish spot, loss of appetite, or illness but only static during the night period, then your fish are doing well, and they are only sleeping. You need to check any guppy exhibiting motionless or sleeping behavioral traits during the day.
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Why Is My Guppy Fish Motionless
Any guppy that is still breathing but is static or still floating is neither pregnant nor sick but not dead, but if the fish is lying under a live plant it is getting set to give birth, but if it is hiding during the day at the bottom of the aquarium, your fish is probably sick. Your guppy is probably sick if you notice any of these signs.
i) Swollen abdomen, this is an indicator of dropsy disease which leads to constipation.
ii) Another illness that makes guppy static is ick or ich disease, which leaves a white spot on their skin.
iii) Fish rot disease which decays the fins or tails
iv) Ammonia poisoning leading to enlarged gills.
v) Nitrites and ammonia poisoning, it leaves the fish with red spots on the belly.
vi) Hole in the head which is called hexamitiasis and scoliosis, also known as scoliosis.
Guppy diseases that can lead to death are enormous, but above are the major ones, note the signs and quickly get the right medication to solve them if you notice any of these.
Follow This Guide If Your Guppy Is Dying
Every aquarist should have a hospital tank, the first thing to do if you discover any ailment is to isolate the fish into the tank. There are two significant ways of treating guppy, the first is going to pet stores to complain about the ailment then get medications while the second is euthanize method, which entails stun and stab or clove oil.
Hypoxia can be induced when clove oil is applied to the sick fish that seems incurable while stun and stab is a gruesome method of killing pet that involves hitting the head with an object. These two methods are used for communicable or incurable diseases, and it is advisable to flush deceased fish down the toilet when they are dead.