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Do any of your fish respond when you tak to them?
Old 07-24-2009, 06:24 PM   #11
 
Whenever someone walks by my tank, all the fish react by racing around, but when i walk in they all come to the galss calmly and follow me wherever i go and when i start talking absolutely all the fish come to the glass (when im just there not really all the fish react)
Anyway i second the whole" love having my own fan club thing" :)
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:20 PM   #12
 
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My aquarium fish don't care for me, just the food LOL. BUT my female betta, skipper almost does a little dance when i walk in. She is in my bath room and each time i walk in she swims over to me and swishes rapidly like she is wagging her tail! Then if I pick up her food container and shake it she will go even crazier! She is such a sweetie! People dont give fish enough credit, she is just like a puppy!
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:43 AM   #13
 
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! People dont give fish enough credit, she is just like a puppy!
My girlfriend went to a work sponsored training class and during it the instructor was asking them questions about themselves and the topic of pets came up. Out of the 30 or so people my girlfriend was the only one who was a fish keeper. The general response from the other people was that fish weren't "true" pets and had no emotion, no intelligence, and showed no signs of affection or recognition to their owners.

I suppose that's why I started this thread, because her tale of these people just really irked me. While it is true that you can't cuddle with your fish or pet them like a dog, I heartily disagree on the idea that they are just dumb and mundane creatures (some species are haha) but from my experience with my angels and discus, and even mollies and gouramis all seem to know and recognize me, and very definitely other people they know are not me. When I sit near the tank and watch tv, they all crowd around the area of the tank I'm next to and watch me, not just begging behavior, but they seem to have a genuine interest. I swear they watch tv with me. I know I'm probably adding a lot in but still they seem to have much more to them than people would give a fish credit for. As far as talking to them (or tak as I have spelled it on the title to this thread-any way to change that? lol) I swear that my angels respond to me talking to them, it gets them so excited it's hilarious. It seems as fish people we are in the minority when it comes to pet ownership. I just grow weary of people who say "why don't you get a dog, they're so much better and easier to care for and blah blah blah". Well, I've had a dog (several), they aren't less work, they aren't more fun, and it's all down to personal choice. People don't seem to like that. I guess I'm just a weird fish guy. :)
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:47 PM   #14
 
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Wow, I thought I was the only one who did that. Lol. My guppies only like me when I feed them, bunch of *****s they are. Other than that, they don't care about me. My angel fish in my 25 gallon, on the other hand, like to play "Stare". I bet if they could see it, they'd watch TV with me, but I would have to avoid Food Network.
Everyone doesn't seem to give 3 fishy ****s about the cats though and vice versa.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:01 PM   #15
 
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I heartily agree Herky, there isn't much more to add

IME, my Angel very much so just loves attention. He'll come up to my mom and dad if they come to look at the tank. However, my Dwarf Gourami will hide from anyone but me and can actually get a little possessive of me(you can see him attempting to chase the angel in my avvy, of course Mr. Angel didn't really seem affected by this in the slightest) The other morning I came into my room to find my 8" Pleco had come out. Poor thing is scared to death of me and freaked, first shooting towards me and suctioning on the glass. However, my Gourami would have none of it and his little 2.5" self took on Mr. Pleco, chasing him back into his little log.
As for the dog subject, I just recently lost my dog whom I've had for over ten years....it was very hard, very emotional. But it was my fish that sort of helped me, and still do help me. After my dog passed I started hand feeding my fish, spending more time with the tanks, ext. and it really just brings this happy feeling to my heart when they all get excited when I come in the room or up to the tank. I honestly think that they like me more then my horse does . Sure, you can't cuddle them, but there is still that unconditional love
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:17 PM   #16
 
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Hey DragonFish,

So sorry to hear about your dog. Losing a pet is the hardest and saddest thing ever. You just have to remember the great life you had together and what a lucky dog he/she was to have someone who loved them so much.

Now you should go out and get a dogfish?? (Romad can almost hear the groans......)
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:34 PM   #17
 
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Hey DragonFish,

So sorry to hear about your dog. Losing a pet is the hardest and saddest thing ever. You just have to remember the great life you had together and what a lucky dog he/she was to have someone who loved them so much.

Now you should go out and get a dogfish?? (Romad can almost hear the groans......)
Dogfish, good one. I'll be getting a hamster soon though, not quiiiiite ready for another dog but would like something furry that I can hold
Yes, its been very difficult for several reason(won't go into it and ruin the board/someone's day)but I have Fluffy the Dwarf 'Guard' Gourami, my other fish, and we cremated my dog so she sits in an urn by my computer

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Old 07-26-2009, 03:49 PM   #18
 
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Well then good luck with your hammie.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:53 PM   #19
 
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Well then good luck with your hammie.
Thanks
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Old 07-27-2009, 03:22 AM   #20
 
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sorry to read that dragon.it's a hard loss to take.good luck
with hammie. :)

i don't think my fish really care about anyone in particular,you walk up to
the tank,and they all rush to the front in a frenzy.
they are excepting of my hand and swim through my fingers without a care in
the wrold.they do peck my arm when i'm gravel vacing,and if i hold a frozen cube
well put it this way,i'm glad they don't have teeth.
my clown loaches click in the morning if they see me and feel i'm taking
to long to feed them.
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