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Mr. Manty
10/03/2017, 07:28 PM
40b tank with 20gal sump
nitrates 5ppm
Salinity 1.027

Attached pics show the concerning behavior.

My 4.5" peacock has always had a strange habit of burying his face in random parts of the tank. He never seems to comfortably roam the tank, he will dart to a rock and hide his face. Often he will just sit still behind a piece of rock for hours. He has done this occasionally for about 4 months (i have had him for 5 months) and he even molted successfully about 2 months ago.

Now after I moved his tank last week, he is exhibiting this behavior even more. Now he seems too timid to even break a clam. If i put a clam in his tank, he might grab it and drag it for a few second and hit it a couple times, but then he will freak out and bury his face again in a random rock out of nowhere. Since he is refusing clams (his favorite) I have grown concerned. He is not exhibiting any molting behavior that I can tell.

What could be wrong with him? What has been wrong with him since the beginning? He has never inquisitively roamed the tank like I see with so many other Peacocks. It is like he has a mental disorder.

Calappidae
10/03/2017, 09:24 PM
Does he have a burrow?

O. scyllarus will stress out and die if they don't have a structure they can hide in (so what this guy is doing is going into a spot he feels safest, stuffing his head in.)

Mr. Manty
10/03/2017, 11:53 PM
Yes he has a deep black pvc burrow. I am no amateur at this point.

Mr. Manty
10/25/2017, 02:25 PM
Just FYI if anyone comes across this:

I now have a more regular lighting schedule and he seems to be more active and bold now that he is used to the light.

Shabalaba
10/25/2017, 10:48 PM
Just FYI if anyone comes across this:

I now have a more regular lighting schedule and he seems to be more active and bold now that he is used to the light.

What lights are you using for his tank? What schedule do you have them on now?

Mr. Manty
10/26/2017, 01:48 PM
What lights are you using for his tank? What schedule do you have them on now?


Something very similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G4PDQSM/ref=dp_sp_detail?psc=1

It is white light but too dim to grow anything photosynthetic. I have the lights on for about 8hrs a day on a timer.