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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-20-2015, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Do your fish respect you?

So i've had my 55G up now for like 3 months and everything is going great, i had one super plant crash when i left it for 2 weeks (stupid auto feeder) but other than that a great tank. when i first started as soon as i would go in the tank for any reason all of the fish would run to the other side, well my wife pointed out to me the other day that the fish just act like i'm not there.

My angels just swim right up to me, they even touch me. My gourami's will swim around my hands as i work on stuff like i'm their big play toy or something.

I know they should get use to me but geeeez, i feel like Rodney Dangerfield ...
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They gave me the finger and spitting at me...heheheheheh....


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All mine do is beg for food. I come close, they assume a feeding is incoming.
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Mine eat outta my hands and are like dogs as soon as I walk in they think they will get food

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They gave me the finger and spitting at me...heheheheheh....
Don't you mean middle fin
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Once the fish get to recognize you as the food supply, they will flock to you. Until that time you are this big huge object that is likely to eat them, so they run.
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Maybe you've been replaced by an auto feeder?
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One of my angels threatens me every time I go into my bedroom. Feeding his copious brood is...interesting...as he challenges the cup of bbs. Most everything else comes running - Congos, Diamonds, Angels, cats, sometimes spouse...

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I noticed that mine have decided that the tube for water changes is a toy. I think they are daring each other to get closer and closer. One swam in and then swam out. The next one stayed a little longer. Luckily the tube was not sucking too hard at the time. It is a python, so once it switches to filling the tank they like to go play in the stream. Zebra danios are cray cray.
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Had a group of emperor tetra's that used to grab hair's on my arm's while working in the tank and thin spin like crocodile or shark, trying to pull the hair's out.
You would not think such a small fish would/could cause much pain but it was more than a little bit.
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My fish never disrespect me. The first time they try, they get a smart smack upside the head. There is no second time.

As for the whole following you around begging for food. That's where kids with a big tank come in handy. They think it's great fun to run from one side of the tank to the other making the fish follow them. Ever seen a tired guppy face? In time the fish give up on this behavior and only flock when you open the lid for feeding.
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All mine do is beg for food. I come close, they assume a feeding is incoming.
Same. I am just a big automatic feeder to them.

Though I think my Gourami does respect me, he is like a puppy. Always happy to see me. Sits there wagging his tail, big eyed, wanting a treat and will follow me around when I am doing maintenance in the tank.


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