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Will I stress my fish?


Hi, Iím new to planted tanks, and trying to learn. As a beginner, we obviously will make mistakes and the first few layouts are trial and error. In the few weeks after setting up my tank I have had many urges to move decorations around until I find a layout that I like. Also have had to replant some that have floated up from the gravel.

My question is Ė does this stress the fish in the tank? Having a human arm submerged in the water must be quite alarming to them I imagine. But isnít this inevitable for beginners? What about trimming? My tank is rather tall (2 ft) and even with extended trimmers I still have to submerge my arm somewhat into the water.

I have read several forum posts where people tear up their aquascapes and start afresh. How do we do that without stressing the fish?
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Hi, Iím new to planted tanks, and trying to learn. As a beginner, we obviously will make mistakes and the first few layouts are trial and error. In the few weeks after setting up my tank I have had many urges to move decorations around until I find a layout that I like. Also have had to replant some that have floated up from the gravel.

My question is Ė does this stress the fish in the tank? Having a human arm submerged in the water must be quite alarming to them I imagine. But isnít this inevitable for beginners? What about trimming? My tank is rather tall (2 ft) and even with extended trimmers I still have to submerge my arm somewhat into the water.

I have read several forum posts where people tear up their aquascapes and start afresh. How do we do that without stressing the fish?
I think it depends on the fish. My gourami and red cherry shrimp love my arm for some reason. the cherry's jump aboard, and the gourami occasionally rubs up against me. My Danio's and Neon Rainbowfish tend to hide somewhere in the back of the tank, The threadfin's watch with caution.
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I guess it depends on the fish, but most of mine have grown quite accustomed to it. They swarm around and nibble my arm, explore the spots I'm rescaping. Frequently I have to gently poke a few to get them out of the way.
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it doesnt seem to phase my fish. i have to poke the ottos to get them out of the way all the time. most other fish pick at my arm hair. i have a few that just stay away but dont seem that stressed about it.
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Agreed, it depends on the fish.

My Rams in particular would always be in my way, nibbling on my fingers and I always had to be careful not to close my tweezers on them b/c they were always trying to figure out, "The food lady's here, where's the food? Where's the food?"

The Cardinals on the other hand are always over at the other end of the tank, watching me warily.





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You may be giving too much value to not stressing the fish. While not the best, it is a very minor amount of stress for a short time. Most fish can take much more. Think of all the trauma they have been through before arriving at your tank. A simple 10-20 minutes of stress is nothing compared to where they've been! If you go to a fish auction you will soon see they are pretty hardy little things.
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