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Old 07-18-2009, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what's a good one? need some active ones to coax out my neons from hiding. my blue gouramis did the job before but i gave them away since they were just too big for me. my red gouramis are lazy scared bums... might give them away too if i find a perfect replacement.

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Old 07-20-2009, 01:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm interested in this as well. I have a similar problem my fish like hanging out in the blyxa (out of eye view). I don't want them to get eaten though. That would be really expensive to fix.
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oh well, i decided to take my chance with the zebra danios. may not be very nice to look at but they're active as hell. my tetras are starting to come out but runs into hiding if they see someone close to the tank. hopefully it gets better. wonder if the glowlight danios are active...
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what's a good one? need some active ones to coax out my neons from hiding.
In a tank with neon tetras as the only fish, they tend to be active, playful, and freely roam around.
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i've got ottos and gouramis in there too
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The neons are hiding because of the gouramis, almost guaranteed. Dither fish like danios might help but neons almost are shy around most large fish, even the peaceful ones.
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When I had only neons in a tank, they would just hang out. Once I put some ottos in there, they all went into hiding and just came out to eat. I think its just some kind of defense mechanism for them. I've had all kinds of tetras and the neons are the only ones that would hide out all day if there were other fish in there
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in my case, they hide out if people are around. and observing from afar, i see they were out with the other fishes. once i get near to feed them, for example, zip... they're in the rotalas xD
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in my case, they hide out if people are around. and observing from afar, i see they were out with the other fishes. once i get near to feed them, for example, zip... they're in the rotalas xD
When you were near the tank and stood still, did they come back out? If they did not, then may be they were once scared by you, say you were trying to catch some neon tetras, and they remembered that episode.
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When you were near the tank and stood still, did they come back out? If they did not, then may be they were once scared by you, say you were trying to catch some neon tetras, and they remembered that episode.

Hehe...flashbacks can be rough, even for fish. Lol
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