I tried perusing the forums for suggestions about this, but didn't find any so I'm starting this thread.
I've had a female opaline gourami for about a 8 months now. Probably 3.5 inches long and just over half an inch wide. She used to live in a 20 gallon I kept for a while but have upgraded to a 40 gallon corner tank. The tank is medium planted, with a large open space at the front. The tank has been set up for about 6 weeks now.
In the 20 gallon, she would swim all over and would even wait at the top in the mornings around feeding time for the food to drop in. Now in the 40 she is sooooo shy! If I'm anywhere near the tank she rushes to the back corner and hides behind some wisteria and ludwigia. It's gotten to the point where she freaks out and splashes around when the lights turn on (automatic timers) and even tonight I heard her splash when the lights clicked off!
Anyone know how to remedy this situation? She is eating and seems healthy (I can observe from a distance where she'll venture out and swim about the tank). She doesn't look bloated. It seems like her coloring is not as bright and contrasted as it used to be. I just can't really figure out why she's so stressed out unless she's still getting used to the new tank?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I don't have a good picture of her at the moment, maybe I'll get one in the morning when the lights are back on.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.