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Plant care = Fish trauma?

How do you trim plants, put in new plants, and re-arrange plants, etc. without traumatizing the fish? Don't the fishies get stressed out when you stick your hands in there and move stuff around?

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Not on mine, they actually nibble on my arm when I'm working on the tank. I have to push my cories out of the way when I'm re/planting and I actually have to scrub the glass around one of my oto since he is stubborn like that.

A few do hide but they come back out and act normal when I'm done.


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My fish and shrimp all want to see what I have stirred up that they can eat. I have to shoo them away from the scissors.


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Yep, my fish don't mind me messing around in the tank. They actually come over to investigate what I'm doing, especially my GBRs. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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Not on mine, they actually nibble on my arm when I'm working on the tank. I have to push my cories out of the way when I'm re/planting and I actually have to scrub the glass around one of my oto since he is stubborn like that.

A few do hide but they come back out and act normal when I'm done.

My SAE is the only scaredy cat in the tank--he'll hide out under driftwood while I'm working and stay hidden for a couple days after major work. Everyone else either scoots out of the way as I move around--or come over to check it out. Not much can be done if you're doing MAJOR work, but even skittish fish learn to relax if you take your time, move smoothly, take care not to splash around alot/drop tools, etc.
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Yep, my fish don't mind me messing around in the tank. They actually come over to investigate what I'm doing, especially my GBRs. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Same here. My black neons don't really care either way, but my dwarf gourami (the tank veteran, had him for almost a year and a half now) and standard neons will come right up to my tweezers or my hand, to where I have to actually move them aside. I've only had the neons for a couple weeks, but they are amusingly curious little fish.

My cories, not so much; they keep to themselves. I did notice them slurping stuff off my crypts the other day though...that was new to me. Looked like they were working on a car; they would get upside down and just get busy working their way up the stems. Of course, like any cat they quit acting silly if they know you're watching.
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Yep, my fish don't mind me messing around in the tank. They actually come over to investigate what I'm doing, especially my GBRs. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Same in my tank, my GBR's are the most curious fish in my tank. My guppies are fearless as well but they don't care what I'm doing, they just try and eat my arm.
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Smeagol it takes new fish a little while to get acclimated to their new home. They even get used to you coming near the tank, and like most of them said, get used to your arm being in the tank. Give it time.
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Thanks, everyone! That makes me feel a lot better.

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