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Old 07-21-2009, 02:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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yeah, most probable case. took out the blue gouramis hehe
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hehe...flashbacks can be rough, even for fish. Lol
Don't know about flashback. But when fish interact with people, there is a degree of trust involved. If they have been seeing you as a safe source of meal, when you approach the tank they will approach you. Even when you dip a net into the water, they won't feel threatened. Some may even swim into the net. But once you started chasing them with the net, they quickly learned that you are there to catch them and started to swim away. From that point on, whenever you approach the tank they become scared and swim away.

I learned a lot about fish behavior from the book:

"Fish Behavior in the Aquarium and in the Wild"

http://www.amazon.com/Fish-Behavior-.../dp/0801487722


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yeah, most probable case. took out the blue gouramis hehe

One way of re-establishing their trust is wait till they are hungry, say by skipping a meal, and then stand next to the tank. As before, they will hide away but keeping an eye on you. Then you dropped in their best loved food (live brine shrimps are irresistible to my neon tetras). Let the food sink while you are still standing there. Their hungry stomach contrasted with the delicious food will push them to risk taking the food while you are still standing there. They then learned that it is not too scary to have you standing next to the tank. Sooner or later, when you approach the tank they may even approach you, instead of swimming away (of course that is assuming there is no other perceived threat in the tank).

When there is no perceived threat in the tank and the neon tetras are not scared by your presence, you will get to observe their playfulness up close.
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hmm i'll try that. my red gouramis love me. they let me touch them and they nip my finger.
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I'm having a hard time getting any information on baschardi's not sure thats how its spelled tried different variations with searches no results anyone know about these?
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brichardii, aka fairy chiclid, Neolamprologus brichardi, Neolamprologus pulcher

These are nice fish which you almost cannot keep from breeding and raising young. I don't know how perfect they'd be for neons though. They are chiclids and do have some territorial tendencies, especially centered around breeding - which they do constantly.
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Cool thanks Bryce!
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I just heard that a ram might help the situation. I might add one or two some time in the future the electric blue ones would add nice contrast.
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I just heard that a ram might help the situation.
My neon tetras like to play throughout the tank. One way of providing a play-conducive environment is NOT to mix in with any other type of fish.
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My neon tetras like to play throughout the tank. One way of providing a play-conducive environment is NOT to mix in with any other type of fish.
how about the ottos? are the neons also wary of them?
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how about the ottos? are the neons also wary of them?
I do not know about that. The impact of adding another type of fish can be very subtle. At one time I added couple honey red gouramis. Since they did not bother the neon tetras and the neon tetras were still hanging out I thought all were ok. But over time, I realized that I hadn't seen the neon tetras played in awhile. So, one day I moved the gouramis to another tank. Couple days later I noticed that the neon tetras were playing again and the tank was back to being a massive playground in the morning.

To me, seeing the neon tetras play is much more valuable than having a variety of fish. Thus, the tank has only neon tetras, plants, and tiny snails.
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