07-21-2009, 06:12 PM
Join Date: May 2006
| | Re: playful small fish
Originally Posted by nokturnalkid
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
Originally Posted by db8
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.