Normal behaviour?

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  1. photogirl

    photogirl Member

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    New to darts, so please forgive me if this is a stupid question. :)

    We have a tank of 3 Cobalts and a tank of 5 Auratus Super Blues. All are probably 6-9 months old. The last couple of days I've noticed one of the Cobalts sitting in the hollow of a stump, butt up against the stump, and rubbing its legs against the stump and then itself. Today, I saw an Auratus doing the same thing, but against the glass instead of a stump. What are they doing? Is this normal behaviour?
     
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    Sounds like skin shedding behaviour to me.

    But more importantly, you should set up a separate tank for one of the species. Cobalts and autarus can create hybrids and should not be housed in the same enclosure.


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    They're in separate enclosures, so no worries about that. :) And thank you!
     
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    sorry about that, going to ask Santa for some reading comprehension skills tonight haha.

    Darts shed their skin frequently (daily?) and I’ve found they tend to use their back legs to clear the shed off their backs. It can look kinda odd and sounds like the behaviour your describing.

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    lol Not a problem at all! :) And that's really cool info, thanks. I knew they shed, but I've never really noticed the behaviour before. I'll pay closer attention, now.

    And Merry Xmas to you, too! :)
     

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