Originally Posted by Inga
Do fish make certain friend? Isn't it odd that the shark chose a Cory to become friends with?
I think they do, in my 29g with an equal mix of 8 Black Neon Tetra and 8 Harlequin Rasbora I have noticed the rasbora are more "close" while the Tetra seem to be more comfortable spread all over the tank. In that tank I also have 1 Blue Gourami, 3 Giant Danio, and 3 Emerald Catfish. While the Giant Danio's are pending a rehome they pretty much dart around the tank chasing and ramming each other but completely ignore the smaller fish, none of the Tetra or Rasbora seem to be bothered by them, more so they appear to look at them like "why are you so hyper all the time, chill out". The Gourami is very shy if he sees anyone near the tank, he will hide by the heater behind a patch of Crypts, but as soon as he thinks you left he mozies on out and slowly pecks at the floating plants. The rest of the community seem to respect him and move out of the way for him. I have never seen any aggression from him, probably because the fish give him his space. The catfish are usually hanging out very close to each other and seem to team up on the food scavenge, when one finds food the rest come over and they all share it. Are they working together? Oh I have 10 ghost shrimp that like to swim around the tank, they will bump into the other fish once in a while, which appears to startle the fish because any of them (tetra/rasbora/gourami/danio) will jump back, look at the shrimp briefly like saying "watch out knucklehead" then carry on in the other direction. The shrimp will also steal food right from the mouths of the other fish, swim away quickly to a crack in the driftwood where a few others will join in for the feast. Either they have giant balls or have gotten too comfortable with the "larger" fish giving them right away.
Oh 3 of the ghost shrimp were packing around eggs, one day the eggs were gone and I saw about 20 baby shrimp just hanging around the tank, a few just free swimming like "hey world what's up I'm a baby shrimp wanna play?" They were not being bothered. Then in my sleep deprived absent mindedness (3 week old baby, work travel, and a 2yr old make me into a space cadet sometimes) I fed the tank brine shrimp then did a water change without thinking about the shrimp fry. I have only seen a couple since then, I dread I siphoned up most of them or they got munched on in the feeding frenzy (my tank LOVES frozen brine shrimp and especially bloodworms). I felt horrible the last couple days about it, almost to the point of getting another 10g and trying to hunt down the remaining fry but once I got the look from she who must be obeyed and realized that finding them let alone catching them was probably not going to happen I let that idea go (I just got a 40g reef tank and my wife said my gallons per square footage is maxed out until we get a bigger house lol)l.
Anyways sorry for the ramble, I really just enjoy reading your posts and detailed accounts of your fishies, as I said before it's truly refreshing to see someone who really really cares about the beings under their care. I don't know anyone locally who has the same passion for the hobby as I do and often feel like an outcast when I start rambling on about my tanks, fish, plants, corals, critters, etc. The boss lady is supportive but she doesn't have that love (or as she colorfully puts it, that obsession) for fish keeping as I do.
Keep doing what you do! I've been pretty AWOL from the forum for a while. Been spending a lot of time over at thereeftank.com sponging up info on my saltwater tank. Reef vs. natural planted are two completely different worlds. Max flow vs. Minimal flow. Massive lighting vs. moderate/low lighting, The fish 'personalities' are also completely different, My reef tank already knows when it's feeding time and the clown will come to the surface and start bobbing his head out of the water begging for food, I've actually got him trained to take flakes right from my fingers, now for a fish nerd like me that is almost as good as sex (I said almost). Wow I really am rambling now... Anyways I must add the two worlds are different challenges but equally fulfilling and exciting in there own ways. I have a ton of coral in there and watching them transition with the light from 'waking up' to 'full throttle' to 'night time snacking' is mesmorizing. I also really enjoy watching the near microscopic critters come out of the liverock at night.
Anywho... I try to pop on here once a day to troll the planted tank section but will have to try and remember to venture out more to find threads like this. Really drives home "why I do it". Thanks again for the great thread, made me take a minute during the day (and now at midnight while feeding hte 3 week old) to slow down for a minute and think about just how "personal" fish keeping can be with the right mindset. Our tanks, fish and even the plants/coral/critters are part of our family
they are not just for display like a piece of furniture or a painting on the wall.