RBTA is in hiding.. should I be concerned?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by jepoy, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    So for the longest time my RBTA was healthy and happy on one of my rockworks. That was until last Tuesday when it decided that it would wander around the tank.. and I mean wander. I continually checked my tank that day via my security cam and it went from left corner of my tank, to the front glass, and finally bottom right of the tank very close to my power head. When I finally got home that evening, I was able to move it back to the rockwork where it originally stayed. Ever since that evening though, the nem has retreated into a big crevice behind the same rockwork towards the substrate. I looked for the nem this morning and it's still nowhere to be found, I'm assuming it's still in that crevice. My concern is there's no way the RBTA is getting any light in that crevice, and it's been two days. Should I be concerned? Should I pull out the rockwork and pull the nem out or should I just wait it out?
     
  2. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

  3. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    So just wait it out? I feel like I have a rebellious teenager in my tank that's locked herself in her room and has been ignoring me for the last couple of days lol.
     
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  5. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    I would pull it out and put into lighted area. Or better yet, put it in like isolated strainer
     
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  6. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    You can't stop them. They will keep moving until they feel like stopping.


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  7. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    I'd personally move it or at least find a way to get it some light. I had a RFA crawl under a shelf and it stayed there only to commit suicide. While it may move again if you physically move it or shine some light on it, at least you'll be giving it a chance to live.
     
  8. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    i'd cover up the circulation pump asap, and wait for a week, if it's not coming out, pull it out and put it in a clear plastic container and let it sit in with a rock see if it helps. I did this with my GBTA and it stayed on the same rock ever since.
     
  9. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    Mine have always come out...so maybe I'm just lucky.
     
  10. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    That's fine, I just hope it doesn't stop under that rock lol


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  11. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    That's my fear, that it's suicidal or just not smart enough to know it needs light.


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  12. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    Yup, got one of the wife's stockings and covered the powerhead.


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  13. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    I think I'll wait til the weekend before I take the rock out and pull it out. Hope I'm as lucky as you are.


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  14. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Your wife going to be mad about her stocking jk


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  15. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    She has a bunch of them, so I'm safe... for now lol


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  16. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    It moved because it wasn't happy. Even though it stayed there for a while, it eventually wanted to find a better spot. Hence the wandering.

    I've never had a RBTA crawl into a hole and not come out on its own eventually. I've had one go all the way through a rock. It squeezed through a hole that was soooooooo small.


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  17. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    Good to know. I'll give it some time to crawl out on its own. Thanks!


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  18. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

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    UPDATE: Awesome news! She finally came out of the hole and is now actually front center in my tank! Now if she would just stay there...


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  19. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    You gonna do something about that GHA?


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  20. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    lol I knew someone was going to comment on that.. the struggle is real man. I'm looking to get more astrea snails this weekend to hopefully help out with the GHA. Any tips?


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